This card reads: “Proof of Identity” issued by a school in Takaoka area of Kochi Prefecture for MORIYAMA, Akira (can be also read as Hirkari, Mitsuru, Rei, Hikaru, Kou, or Mitsu), born on 18th of February, year unknown, is a member of the staff at the school. It is dated 19th of March 1935. Characters for the name of the school is unknown.

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4 May 2020


  1. We received a comment from a student at Tsukuba University (different student from the comments below):
    This is an identification card for 森山 光 (Mitsu? Moriyama). On the left hand side, we see 高知県高岡郡孝山塾檮原實業公民学校 (Kochi Prefectural Takaoka-gun, Takayama (Koyama?) Juku Technical Public School). When I searched it on the internet, I found that the school is now named 高知県立檮原高等学校 (Kochi Prefectural Yusuhara High School). On the right hand side, it says, “ Do not lend or give this to anyone else.” , “ You must carry this while you are on (public) transport at all times,” and so on. 森山 光 (Mitsu? Moriyama) was born on 18th of February on the 20th year.
    *Note from Mayu: The document does not say which era (20th year of?)



  2. We received a comment from a student at Tsukuba University:

    This appears to be an Identification card for a staff member of Takayama (Koyama?) Juku Kogyo Gakuin. The left side is Identification, and the right side is the handling. This Identification was issued to Hikaru Moriyama on March 19, 1945. It seems that Takayama (Koyama?) Juku Technical Public School was located in Takaoka-gun, Kochi Prefecture. There is now a high school called Yusuhara, Kochi Prefecture in Takaoka-gun, Kochi Prefecture, which used to be called Takayama (Koyama?) Juku, so it may be the same school with a name change.



  3. We received a comment from a student at Tsukuba University:

    The school that issued this certificate appears to be “Takayama Juku Yusuhara Business Public School”. 貫(Kan) is the old font for “real”. This school was founded in 1934 as the “Yusuhara Village Takayama Juku Youth School”, and is now called “Yusuhara Prefectural High School”, which is in its 86th year since establishment. This is the only youth school in Shikoku and Kochi, and this is consistent with the notation of the year 1935.


  4. Is it possible to contact the school to ask if they have any records or old photographs of teachers from the 1930’s and possibly Moriyama-san?
    I wonder why the odd assortment of papers relating to Moriyama-san were kept in particular? They are from before WW2 so perhaps he went to war and this is all that remains as a record of him? Or perhaps they were papers left in a drawer and forgotten?

    • ロビンさんからの2021年、5月20日のコメントの翻訳:

      学校に連絡して、1930年代の先生や森山さんの記録や古い写真がないか聞いてみることはできませんか? 森山さんに関する書類の数々は、なぜ特別に保管されていたのでしょうか?第二次世界大戦前のものだから、戦争に行ってしまって、これしか残っていないのかな?あるいは、引き出しの中に入れたまま忘れられていたのだろうか。

      *Note from Mayu: Thank you, Robyn. Shoko (see comment below) has contacted the school by email, and the students from Kwansei Gakuin University (see has followed up with a phone call. The school is currently checking for us.

      *マユからのメモ:ロビンさん、ありがとうございます。Shokoさん(下記コメント参照)が学校にメールで連絡し、関西学院大学の学生さん( 参照)が電話でフォローしてくれました。現在、学校側で確認中です。

  5. 現在の「高知県立檮原高等学校」の可能性は。




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