Introduction of Big History Education in Japanese High School


Kenji Ichikawa


This paper reports on the first big-history course at a Japanese high school. Aletheia Shonan High School is a private, co-educational institute in Chigasaki, Kanagawa, Japan. In April 2016, I introduced Big History in my World History class at Aletheia, and that class marks its eighth year as of 2023.


Author Biography

Kenji Ichikawa, Aletheia Shonan High School in Chigasaki, Kanagawa, Japan

Kenji Ichikawa 市川賢司 is a teacher at Aletheia Shonan Junior and Senior High School in Chigasaki, Kanagawa, Japan. He teaches world history and began the first high-school Big History class in Japan in 2016. As an extension of his teaching, he organizes field trips to nearby Enoshima Island, which provides students with important experiences with which to understand the world and the cosmos. In 2019, he gave a report about his teaching of Big History and the liberal arts at the first international Big History symposium held in Japan. Kenji may be reached at <>.