==History== The first terakoya made their appearance at the beginning of the 17th century, as a development from educational facilities founded in Buddhist temples. Before the Edo period, public educational institutions were dedicated to the children of samurai and ruling families, thus the rise of the merchant class in the middle of the Edo perio...
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(from the article `Japan`) ...even in the feudal period preceding the Meiji Restoration of 1868, a number of which had been subjected to Chinese cultural influences since ... ...of this period, with the exception of the very lowest class, farmers were all at least partly literate. This spread of literacy was to some extent ... [2 rel...
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