Maehira Bosho

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Maehira Bôshô was a Ryukyuan scholar-official known in particular as an English-language interpreter.

Originally from Kinjô Village in Shuri, Maehira studied at the Ryukyuan National Academy. When the HMS Lyra arrived in Ryûkyû in 1816, captained by Basil Hall, Maehira, alongside Anniya Seiho, helped to receive Hall and his men. Maehira had studied English for a brief period, and played a role in receiving British ships in the 18th century as well.


  1. Not to be confused with Maehira Fusaaki, contemporary historian of Ryûkyû, whose name is written with the same kanji.
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