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The 100th Anniversary of Nepali Students in Japan


Arrival in Japan

After overcoming many hurdles and adventures, the students, who ranged in age between 18 and 27 with their entourage, the guide, and the 17 servants reached Yokohama, Japan on June 17, 19027 and were received by Kagoshima Maru officials, according to the Immigration record. Incidentally, the students were the first Nepalese to go abroad for study. Thus the students and the seventeen attendants became the first Nepali nationals to land in Japan.

They spent a few days in Yokohama and Tokyo. In the meantime, Swami Giri, who was familiar with Japan and the people was asked to arrange lodgings for them in Tokyo. For about a month, till their admission in the schools and colleges the students and the servants stayed together in Tokyo. They rented a house at 13, Reinanzaka Cho, Akasaka. A language teacher was engaged for 100 per month. The students visited the British Legation with a letter from Prime Minister Chandra Shumsher to the British Minister in Tokyo. As requested by the Nepali Prime Minister, the British Minister wrote on June 21, 1902 to Japanese Foreign Minister Jutaro Komura, requesting that the youths be allowed to enter schools and colleges8. He described the students as "State Students of Nepal". The Minister forwarded the letter to the Minister of Education, and upon the recommendation of the Monbusho (Education Ministry) the eight Nepali youths were admitted into three government institutions - Tokyo Teikoku Daigaku (Present Tokyo University Department of Technology), Tokyo Koto Kogyo gakko (Present Tokyo Institute of Technology) and Noka Daigaku (Present Tokyo University, Department of Agriculture.)

The Director of Tokyo Imin K.K., Fuji Boeki K.K. helped them to find a rented house and also stood as guarantor at the time of admission to the colleges and the schools.

The eight students rented houses in four different places in Tokyo. The seventeen attendants were equally posted with the students. The addresses of the students were.

  1. Jang Narsingh and Dev Narsingh. 137, Higashikata machi, Hongo-ku. Rent 30 per month, deposit 50.
  2. Bhakta Bahadur and Bal Narsingh. 22, Masago-cho, Hongo-ku. Rent 30 per month, deposit 100.
  3. Bichar Man, Rudra Lal and Hem Bahadur 19 Kitatomizaka-cho, Kurumai, Asakusa. House rent 20 per month.
  4. Deep Narsingh. 272. Naka Shibuya mura. Toyotama Kori (gun), Village house, rent 10 and no deposit.
  5. Address in Osaka. 132, Amizima Cho, Kita-ku (Miyakojima-ku)
  6. In Shizuoka. C/o Tanaka Iron Works, Kama-shi
  7. In Tokyo. Shibaura Engineering Works. The name of the President was Mr. Takashi.
The first and the second house were a mile away from the college, the third was two miles away, the fourth house was Komaba, six miles away from Hongo. The house rent at Komaba was cheaper because it was in a village. Incidentally I too lived in Komaba during my student life in Japan. The Agriculture University where Deep Narsingh studied was in front of our Students House and it was still a quiet place.

The house rents of the students were rather high. They might have rented large houses. The monthly stipends, however, were sufficient as they stayed with their attendants.

Name of the Student Age Subject Monthly Stipend Yen Sen
Cap. Jang Narsingh Rana 22 Ammunition
(Rs. 150) 96 30
Cap. Bhakta Bahadur Basnyat 19 " (Rs. 100) 64 20
Mr. Dev Narsingh Rana 20 Mining (Rs.150) 96 30
Mr. Bal Narsingh Raimajhi 20 " (Rs.100) 64 20
Mr. Deep Narsingh Rana 18 Agriculture (Rs.150) 96 30
Mr. Hem Bahadur Rajbhandari 22 Mechanical
(Rs.80) 51 36
Mr. Rudra Lal Singh 27 Applied
(Rs.80) 51 36
Mr. Bichar Man Singh 25 Ceramics &
Lacquer vase*
(Rs.80) 51 36
Mr. Swami Purananda (Guide) (Rs.180) 115 56
* Later, changed the subject to Seri Culture.
Sources: Student's Diary

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