A "School Song Competition" was held at Toyo University to decide the school song In June of 1924, a competition was held by the Arts and Culture Department from the alumni reunion (mainly comprised of students) with a "first place prize of 100 yen." On December 1st, the school song by Tekejiro Hayashi (Kokei Hayashi) was selected by a committee of five. Mr. Hayashi graduated from Faculty of education in 1899 and became a poet, Chinese poet, and Japanese-Chinese literature researcher. He is well known as the lyricist for the song "Hamabe no Uta," which is still sung today. Yasumasa Mori (graduate of the Education Department of the Specialty School of Logic in 1925), member of the students association (association name was changed from the alumni association to the students association in June 1925) commissioned Kosaku Yamada to compose the music score. The original score is housed in the Archives of Modern Japanese Music.
In 1961, a competition was held by the Toyo University Graduates Association to create lyrics for the current "school fight song." Yoshio Katsu, Shinnosuke Owari, and Kazuo Yamamoto (all graduates) served as judges, and first year student at the Faculty of Sociology, Tetsuro Saito, won the competition. The lyrics were revised by Yoshio Katsu, and the music was composed by Michizo Kobayashi, of the Victor Company of Japan. This song was announced at a university festival and became popular among the students. It continues to be sung during sports competitions to this day.
Dr. Enryo Inoue studied the works of various philosophers, and selected four wise thinkers as symbols of philosophy in the East and West and in ancient and modern times. He distinguished between Western Philosophy and Oriental Philosophy, further dividing the latter into Chinese and Indian philosophy. As a representative of Chinese philosophy, he chose Confucius and as a representative of Indian philosophy, he included Buddha. Ancient Western philosophy is embodied by Socrates. Kant represents philosophy in the modern era. Dr. Enryo Inoue called these four philosophers the Four Sages.
A relief of the Four Sages is installed as a symbol of Toyo University on each campus at the library entrance, and in the foyer of the Inoue Enryo Memorial Hall.
The Philosophy Ceremony dedicated to the Four Sages was held for the first time in October of 1885 after Dr. Enryo Inoue graduated from Tokyo University. On this occasion, a portrait of the four philosophers was enrolled before teachers and students from the Philosophy Department of Tokyo University. Later, the Philosophy Ceremony was held on the grounds of the Philosophy Academy (predecessor of Toyo University). Today, the ceremony is still performed every year on the first Saturday in November in the Temple Garden of Philosophyin the Nakano Ward of Tokyo.
Dr. Enryo Inoue requested Hashimoto Gaho to paint this scroll in 1895.