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Homei Kindergarten was established in 1906 as an affiliated school of Japan Women's College with the mandate of pro-viding an integrated education from kindergarten through university. In embodying the educational ideas proposed by founder Jinzo Naruse, the kindergarten endeavors to nurture children:

Who are healthy, cheerful, and energetic.

Who experience life with open minds and enjoy inventing and making things.

Who are capable of accepting the good qualities of others and who can work together harmoniously.

Who adopt an independent attitude in their daily lives, taking care of themselves and finishing whatever they start.

To help raise children like this, the kindergarten strives to provide a varied environment, treating children as individuals to allow to realize their full potential as human beings.

The kindergarten consists of 150 girls and 80 boys divided into eight classes: two classes for three-year-olds, three for four-year-olds, and three for five-year-olds. Each class is limited to 30 pupils. When pupils reach the age of six, all girls are matriculated into Homei Elementary School, while the boys begin schooling at other institutions.

Children arrive at the kindergarten every morn-ing at nine o'clock, playing and interacting with friends and kindergarten staff until they leave for home at one-thirty in the afternoon. They can be found playing games, building mountains, rivers, and oceans in the sandlot, studying frogs and ants found on the school grounds, and working together with friends to build fun houses and haunted houses to which they invite other children.

Major annual events at the kindergarten include the Founder's Day, Children's Day, Star Festival, a summer festival, athletic meets, school outings, Christmas, Coming-of-Spring Day, and Girls' Festival. At the summer festival, for example, five-year-olds gather in the early evening in the cool garden of the kindergarten to eat dinner, play games, and enjoy fireworks and folk dancing. Children also enjoy baking cookies as Christmas approaches.

The spacious school building and grounds provide a perfect setting for pupils to enjoy these events and activities, which are designed with the children's development in mind. While playing, they gradually develop consideration for others, an ability to live harmoniously with others, an appreciation for beauty and the enjoyment of life, and a penchant for exploring life's mysteries.