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Yamazaki Yoshishige

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  • Born: 1796
  • Died: 1856/7/20 or 8/20
  • Japanese: 山崎美成 (Yamazaki Yoshishige)

Yamazaki Yoshishige was a 19th century writer and pharmacist. His works include the Ryûkyû nyûkô kiryaku (1832),[1] Tanki manroku, Toen shôsetsu, Kairoku (1820-1837),

He was born and raised in Edo, the son of a pharmacist who may have also been the proprietor of the Nagasaki-ya (a hostel for visiting Dutch East India Company agents in Edo).

He studied under Oyamada Tomokiyo, and formed a writers' group called the Tanki-kai along with Takizawa Bakin and Yashiro Hirokata. He also associated and exchanged ideas with the likes of Ryûtei Tanehiko and Nakamura Butsuan, and with the Tôenkai, a group which organized exhibits of historical documents. Devoting himself to study and writing, he allowed his business to fall into disarray.

References

  1. Yokoyama Manabu 横山学, Ryûkyû koku shisetsu torai no kenkyû 琉球国使節渡来の研究, Tokyo: Yoshikawa kôbunkan (1987), 43n23.
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