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Oni Ogusuku

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  • Other Names: 大城賢雄 (Ôgusuku or Ufugusuku Ken'yuu)
  • Japanese/Okinawan: 鬼大城 (Oni Oogusuku / Uni Ufugushiku)

Ôgusuku Ken'yû, also known as Oni Ôgusuku ("Demon" Ôgusuku) was a Ryukyuan scholar-aristocrat, master fencer, and attendant to royal princess Momoto Fumiagari, who he later married.

Momoto Fumiagari was a daughter of King Shô Taikyû, and wife of Amawari, lord of Katsuren gusuku. Ôgusuku served as one of the princess' attendants at Katsuren; when, in 1458, the two discovered that Amawari was plotting against the throne, they escaped and revealed his schemes to the Court. The affair ended later that same year in the fall of Katsuren, and Amawari's capture and execution, after which Ôgusuku married the newly widowed princess.

A new dynasty took the throne in 1469, however, and sometime shortly afterwards, as part of efforts to eliminate opposition from retainers potentially still loyal to the previous dynasty, Uni was killed.

References

  • "Momoto Fumiagari." Okinawa Compact Encyclopedia 沖縄コンパクト事典. Ryukyu Shimpo, 1 March 2003.
  • "Momoto Fumiagari." Suitenrô. JCC Co., Ltd., 2013.
  • Gallery labels, Yonashiro Museum of History, November 2016.
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