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Goeku Chosei

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  • Born: 1621
  • Died: 1695
  • Japanese: 越来親方朝誠 (Goeku ueekata Chousei)

Goeku ueekata Chôsei was a scholar-bureaucrat in the service of the Ryûkyû Kingdom.

He served as a member of three Ryukyuan embassies to Edo, beginning in 1634, when, at age 14, he traveled to Kyoto as a member of the koaka-gumi (lit. "Small Red Group"). He later traveled to Edo three times, in 1644, 1653, and 1671. In 1653, at age 33, he served as assistant to the Lead Envoy Kunjan Seisoku, and in 1671, at the age of 51, he served as assistant to Lead Envoy Kin Chôten.

He was later appointed to the Sanshikan.

References

  • Miyagi Eishô 宮城栄昌, Ryûkyû shisha no Edo nobori 琉球使者の江戸上り, Tokyo: Daiichi Shobô (1982), 45, 47.
  • Marco Tinello, “The Ryukyuan Embassies to Edo seen from the Shuri Royal Government’s Perspective,” in Rosa Caroli (ed.), Imagined Okinawa: Challenge from Time and Space, Ca’ Foscari University in Venice (2015), 176.
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