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Misato Anko

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  • Born: 1827?
  • Titles: 美里親方 (Misato ueekata), 嵩原里之子 (Takebaru satunushi)
  • Japanese: 美里安綱 (Misato Ankou)

Misato ueekata Ankô was a Ryukyuan scholar-aristocrat who served as gakudôji on the 1842 Ryukyuan embassy to Edo.

He was a descendant of Aragusuku ueekata Mô Ryûken, and member of the esteemed Mô lineage of arts experts. He served as a dancer for the reception of Chinese investiture envoys in 1837, at age 10, and in 1839 was appointed to serve as gakudôji (musician & dancer) on the 1842 mission to Edo. At that time, his title was Takebaru satunushi. A fan inscribed with his calligraphy is still held today by the honjin at Futagawa-juku, a post-station in Aichi prefecture.[1]

He was later promoted in rank from Takebaru satunushi to Misato ueekata.

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), 60.
  1. Shirarezaru Ryûkyû shisetsu 知られざる琉球使節 (Fukuyama, Hiroshima: Fukuyama-shi Tomonoura rekishi minzoku shiryôkan, 2006), 64-65.
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