Shō Kei (尚 敬, August 3, 1700 – March 14, 1752) was king of the Ryukyu Kingdom from 1713–1752. His reign, strongly guided by royal advisor Sai On, is regarded as a political and economic golden age and period of the flowering of Okinawan culture.[1]

Shō Kei
King Sho Kei.jpg
Official royal portrait of Shō Kei
King of Ryūkyū
PredecessorShō Eki
SuccessorShō Boku
BornUmitukugani (思徳金)
(1700-08-03)August 3, 1700
DiedMarch 14, 1752(1752-03-14) (aged 51)
IssueShō Boku, Crown Prince Nagakusuku
Shō Wa, Prince Yuntanza Chōken (founder of Yuntanza Udun)
Princess Tsukayama (Sai On's daughter-in-law)
Princess Zukeran
Princess Makadotarugane
Shō Kei (尚敬)
Yamato nameChōshi (朝糸)
HouseSecond Shō dynasty
FatherShō Eki
SignatureKing Sho Kei kao.jpg

After succeeding his father Shō Eki in 1713, Shō Kei appointed his regent and trusted advisor Sai On to the Sanshikan, the Council of Three top royal advisors, in 1728. His reign is known for a great number of developments, including economic reforms and conservation efforts implemented under the guidance of Sai On, political changes, and scholarly developments.


  1. ^ "Shō Kei." Okinawa rekishi jinmei jiten (沖縄歴史人名事典, "Encyclopedia of People of Okinawan History"). Naha: Okinawa Bunka-sha, 1996. p40.
Regnal titles
Preceded by King of Ryūkyū
Succeeded by