About Nigawa Gakuin

Nigawa Gakuin was founded on the philosophy of Pax et Bonum (Peace and all Good), or Wa to Zen in Japanese, in the spirit of two great saints, St. Francis of Assisi and St. Maximilian Kolbe. The way of life and thinking of these two saints provides the backbone of an education for our goal to assist students in building character, with values that are shared throughout our 3 Catholic co-educational schools, Maria no Sono Kindergarten (3 years), Nigawa Gakuin Elementary School (6 years) and Nigawa Gakuin Junior and Senior High School (6 years).

"Wa to Zen" - A philosophy to convey the hearts and minds of two great saints

Nigawa Gakuin was established in Nishinomiya, Hyogo, by the Conventual Franciscans in 1950. Based on the philosophy of Pax et Bonum, or Wa to Zen (Peace and all Good) in Japanese, our mission is the nurturing of well-rounded individuals by trying to achieve Jinkaku no Kansei (completion of character). This challenge is supported by the teachings of two great saints; St. Francis of Assisi, founder of the Order of Conventual Franciscans and Father Maximilian Kolbe, founder of the Conventual Franciscan monastery in Japan.

St. Francis (1182-1226)

St. Francis of Assisi is one of the most venerated saints in history, loved by people all over the world. Despite being born into a wealthy family in Assisi, his experiences of war, captivity and illness led him to change his affluent ways, dedicating his life to loving people and nature, and leading a simple life with the poor and sick. Together, they practiced the teachings of Jesus, love and peace, under the slogan of Pax et Bonum. In time, the number of followers who identified with this way of life increased and the Order of Franciscans was established.
The spirit of Pax et Bonum has been carried on throughout the world in various ways, and is also well and truly alive here at Nigawa Gakuin.

St. Kolbe (1894-1941)

Father Maximilian Maria Kolbe is a modern-day saint often referred to as the Saint of Auschwitz. He was a Polish Conventual Franciscan friar who first came to Japan in 1930 where he established a monestary in Nagasaki. He returned to Poland in 1936 and in 1941 he was imprisoned by the Nazis in the Auschwitz concentration camp. During his incarceration, he volunteered to take the place of another prisoner who had been sentenced to starve to death.
The statue in front of Kolbe Hall at Nigawa Gakuin depicts a falling St. Kolbe in the face of death with both hands bound together, held high towards heaven, praying for his enemies.

Nigawa Gakuin - Overview

Name Nigawa Gakuin
Heads Fr. Akihiko Takeuchi (Chairman of the board)
Fr. Takayuki Tabata (Head of school)
Founded 1950
School philosophy Pax et Bonum (Wa to Zen)
Address 2-13-9 Kotoen, Nishinomiya, Hyogo 662-0812 JAPAN
School office TEL 0798-52-0551 FAX 0798-51-9394
E-mail office@nigawa.ac.jp
Schools Nigawa Gakuin Maria no Sono Kindergarten
Nigawa Gakuin Elementary School
Nigawa Gakuin Junior and Senior High School
Students 1702 [1080 boys, 622 girls] as of May 1, 2013


Maria no Sono Kindergarten


Elementary School


Junior and Senior High School