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Yonabaru Ryôku was a [[Ryukyu Kingdom|Ryukyuan]] scholar-official who served as a member of the [[Sanshikan]] for 28 years, from [[1769]] until [[1796]]. He is also considered one of the [[sanjurokkasen|36 greatest poets]] of Ryûkyû.
 
Yonabaru Ryôku was a [[Ryukyu Kingdom|Ryukyuan]] scholar-official who served as a member of the [[Sanshikan]] for 28 years, from [[1769]] until [[1796]]. He is also considered one of the [[sanjurokkasen|36 greatest poets]] of Ryûkyû.
  
Ryôku was a member of a branch of the Uruku ''dunchi'' Ba family started by [[Ba Ryosen|Ba Urasoe ''ueekata'' Ryôsen]]<!--馬良詮-->. This branch held the position of ''[[jito (Ryukyu)|sô-jitô]]'' of [[Ozato gusuku|Ôzato]] ''[[magiri]]'', and included nine other members of the Sanshikan, including [[Ba Ryokyo|Ba Ryôkyô]] and [[Ba Ryoketsu|Ba Ryôketsu]].
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Ryôku was a member of a branch of the Uruku ''dunchi'' Ba family started by [[Urasoe Ryosen|Ba Urasoe ''ueekata'' Ryôsen]]<!--馬良詮-->. This branch held the position of ''[[jito (Ryukyu)|sô-jitô]]'' of [[Ozato gusuku|Ôzato]] ''[[magiri]]'', and included nine other members of the Sanshikan, including [[Yonabaru Ryokyo|Yonabaru Ryôkyô]] and [[Ba Kensai|Yonabaru Ryôketsu]].
  
 
Ryôku led a [[tribute]] mission to Beijing in [[1762]] and traveled to [[Kagoshima]] in [[1765]] to report the success of that mission. He was appointed to the Sanshikan in 1769 and served in that position until his retirement in 1796.
 
Ryôku led a [[tribute]] mission to Beijing in [[1762]] and traveled to [[Kagoshima]] in [[1765]] to report the success of that mission. He was appointed to the Sanshikan in 1769 and served in that position until his retirement in 1796.

Latest revision as of 08:19, 15 August 2019

  • Born: 1718
  • Died: 1797
  • Other Names: 国器 (Ba Kokki / Mǎ Guóqì)
  • Japanese: 与那原 良矩 (Yonabaru Ryouku)

Yonabaru Ryôku was a Ryukyuan scholar-official who served as a member of the Sanshikan for 28 years, from 1769 until 1796. He is also considered one of the 36 greatest poets of Ryûkyû.

Ryôku was a member of a branch of the Uruku dunchi Ba family started by Ba Urasoe ueekata Ryôsen. This branch held the position of sô-jitô of Ôzato magiri, and included nine other members of the Sanshikan, including Yonabaru Ryôkyô and Yonabaru Ryôketsu.

Ryôku led a tribute mission to Beijing in 1762 and traveled to Kagoshima in 1765 to report the success of that mission. He was appointed to the Sanshikan in 1769 and served in that position until his retirement in 1796.

Known for his virtue and for his numerous ryûka poems, towards the end of his life he came to be known as kunshi ueekata, or, roughly, "the gentleman official." He was also known for his talent in writing Japanese-language prose.

Yonabaru Ryôku died in 1797 at the age of 80.

[edit] References

  • Explanatory plaque at Yonabaru's birthplace, Naha-shi Shuri Gibo-chô 3-14.[1]
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