Military Training 1936
The war that began with the 1931 Manchuria crisis had a great influence on the School. Long hair, drinking, athletic meets, and memorial celebrations were all prohibited, and the Ryunankai was renamed the Ryunan Patriotic Corps. The course of study was reduced from three years to two and a half, and later to two. Students left their studies to help with the war effort, and eventually the school was left without students.
Last Day of Long Hair
During the war, the government disallowed students from having long hair, drinking alcohol, holding athletic meets, and conducting memorial celebrations or school festivals. In 1939, students decided themselves to cut their hair short. A photo shows students the day before cutting their hair short.
In 1939, all students and faculty were taken in trucks to the military airfield in Kikuchi county to level and prepare the ground. Later, students were also put to work in manufacturing and agriculture. By 1944, most of the school year was spent helping the war effort, so almost no classes could be held.
Students Departing for the Warfront