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Ryo En

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  • Japanese/Chinese: (Ryô En / Liáng Yuān)

Ryô En was a Ryukyuan scholar-aristocrat who served several stints as an instructor in Chinese music and dance for the Ryûkyû royal court.

After studying for a time in Fuzhou in 1768, Ryô led lessons in Chinese dance for performers who were to go on a mission to Kagoshima in 1772; he returned to Fuzhou in 1785, and then in 1789 was appointed alongside Mô Shin'i, Ryô Shô, Rin Keshô, and Mô Chishi to help train musicians and dancers for the 1790 Ryukyuan embassy to Edo. He served in a similar position again in 1805.

References

  • Liao Zhenpei 廖真珮, "Ryûkyû kyûtei ni okeru Chûgoku kei ongaku no ensô to denshô" 琉球宮廷における中国系音楽の演奏と伝承, in Uzagaku no fukugen ni mukete 御座楽の復元に向けて, Naha, Okinawa: Uzagaku fukugen ensô kenkyûkai 御座楽復元演奏研究会 (2007), 111, citing Naha shishi 那覇市史, vol 6 下, Naha City Office (1980), p816-817.
  • Itaya Tôru 板谷徹, “Kafu ni mirareru geinô shiryô 2: Edo nobori” 家譜に見られる芸能史料, Musa ムーサ 9 (2008), 171.
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