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  • Japanese: 菊隠 (Kikuin)

Kikuin was a Ryukyuan Zen monk of the early 17th century.

After studying under Zen master Dôkan of the Okinawan Engaku-ji, he took the tonsure and journeyed to Kyoto to practice at the five top Zen temples of that city. There, he was granted the monastic name Kikuin, by the Zen master Kokei Sôchin.

In 1611, Kikuin then traveled to Satsuma han, and entered into the service of the Shimazu clan. He was named sesshô and was put in charge of overseeing certain matters relating to Ryûkyû.

References

  • 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), 55.
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