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  • Born: 1705/1/13
  • Titles: 具志川王子 (Gushikawa ôji)
  • Other Names: 朝利 (Chôri)
  • Japanese: 承基 (Shô Shôki)

Prince Gushikawa Chôri Shô Shôki was a royal prince of the Ryûkyû Kingdom, who served as the Lead Envoy (seishi) on a 1748 Ryukyuan embassy to Edo.

He was a seventh-generation descendant of Prince Kume-Gushikawa Chôtsû (aka Shô Kôhaku), the eldest son of King Shô Gen.

Shô Shôki led a mission to Kagoshima in 1745, to pay respects and express congratulations to Shimazu Munenobu, then heir to headship of the Shimazu clan, who was raised in Edo and whose first journey to Kagoshima was being celebrated at that time.

Though wielding the title of anji for most of his life, Shô Shôki was raised to the First Rank, and the title of "Prince" in order for him to lead the 1748 mission to Edo.

References

  • Itaya Tôru 板谷徹, “Kafu ni mirareru geinô shiryô 2: Edo nobori” 家譜に見られる芸能史料, Musa ムーサ 9 (2008), 162, citing Shô Chôri's kafu, held by the Naha City Museum of History.
  • Hirayama Toshijirô 平山敏治郎, "Nyûrai Ryûkyû ki" 入来琉球記, Minzoku gaku kenkyûsho kiyô 民俗学研究所紀要 3 (1978/12), 100.
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