Gen Enpo

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  • Japanese/Chinese: 延宝 (Gen Enpou / Ruǎn Yánbǎo)

Gen Enpô was a Ryukyuan scholar-official and expert court musician.

In 1767, Gen and two other court musicians were invited to Kagoshima by Shimazu Shigehide, to teach Ryukyuan court music (uzagaku) to ten of Shigehide's pages. Gen was instructed to speak only in Chinese, in order to help with language study as well; Shigehide is said to have been very happy with the results.


  • Watanabe Miki 渡辺美季, "Nihon no naka no Kumemura jin"「日本のなかの久米村人」, in Kuninda: Ryûkyû to Chûgoku no kakehashi 久米村・琉球と中国の架け橋, Okinawa Prefectual Museum, p49.
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