The Declaration of The Centennial Celebration (Centenary) of Kagawa Toyohiko’s Devotion (or Devoted Life) Kobe Project
It will soon be 100 years since Toyohiko Kagawa began his activities in Kobe. We are going to unfold “The Centenial(Centenary) of Kagawa Toyohiko’s Devotion(Devoted Life) Kobe Project”.
On Dec.24th, 1909, 21- year- old Toyohiko Kagawa plunged into the area where people were forced to live in an inferior (deprived) environment. Toyohiko was then suffering from tuberculosis which was feared as a mortal illness at that time and he was told that he had very little time left. But he lived with these people who had much difficulty to live in the midst of poverty and discrimination and he worked thoroughly for them.
His activities which continued for 14 years from 1909 till 1927 began from preaching Christianity and evolved into labor movement, cooperative movement (life, agriculture, fishery, forestry, medical care, mutual aid), peace movement, and onto proletarian political activity.
The activities were not only limited in Kobe but spread all over Japan after the Great Kanto Earthquake disaster relief. He devoted his life to build the bases to support human life ― welfare, education, medical care, production, labor, cooperatives, peace, human rights and co-living.
These activities became the beginning of several works and were subdivided by each specialist and have been still supporting our society. But there are many serious and complicated problems in a modern society. They are too difficult to approach from individual experts. It is necessary for the experts to work together to understand whole image and to make it possible to solve the problems completely.
Toyohiko Kagawa’s activities 100 years ago were unfolded against the imminent difficulties by unifying various works such as welfare, education, medical care, production, labor, cooperatives, peace, human rights and living together. The cooperation of these works effected most*
We aim to realize a society in a new framework for the next 100 years so that people live together beyond the boarder of each field. Let’s look back the 100 years and meet Toyohiko Kagawa and his various works.
The first committee of the Centennial Celebration (Centenary) of Kagawa Toyohiko’s Devotion (or Devoted Life) Kobe Project