TALES FROM HISTORY
Reading, ‘Riting, and ‘Rithmatic — Effective Education in Edo
Japan’s high literacy rate is nothing new
The Edo Era (1603–1867) was a time of cultural flourishing in Japan. This is the era that gave us the great woodblock prints of Hokusai and Hiroshige, the kabuki and jyōruri puppet plays of Chikamatsu-Monzaemon, and the first popular novels for the masses.
There were no schools as we know them today and education was not compulsory until 1872, yet the literacy rate during the…