Tajima Chōyū

Tajima Ueekata Chōyū (田島 親方 朝由, 17 May 1655 – 9 August 1737), also known by his Chinese style name Shō Genryō (向 元良), was a bureaucrat of the Ryukyu Kingdom.[1]

Tajima Chōyū
田島 朝由
sanshikan of Ryukyu
In office
1710–1716
Preceded byKōchi Ryōshō
Succeeded byKatsuren Seiyū
Personal details
Born(1655-05-17)May 17, 1655
DiedAugust 9, 1737(1737-08-09) (aged 82)
Parent(s)Okuma Chōjū (father)
Chinese nameShō Genryō (向 元良)
RankUeekata

He was the eldest son of Okuma Chōjū (奥間 朝充), and was also a grandson of Urasoe Chōshi.[2] In 1703, King Shō Tei established the Kyūkiza (旧記座, "Bureau of Old Records") in order to compiled an official chorography of Ryukyu Kingdom. Tajima was appointed as the first Kyūki bugyō (旧記奉行), the magistrate of this bureau.[3] He compiled the earliest and most voluminous regional gazetteer, Ryūkyū-koku yurai-ki, and dedicated it to King Shō Kei in 1713.[4]

Tajima served as a member of Sanshikan from 1710 to 1716.[5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Tajima Chōyū." Okinawa konpakuto jiten (沖縄コンパクト事典, "Okinawa Compact Encyclopedia").
  2. ^ 琉球王朝(第二尚氏)系図
  3. ^ The Origins of Banana-fibre Cloth in the Ryukyus, Japan
  4. ^ "Ryūkyū-koku yūrai-ki." Okinawa konpakuto jiten (沖縄コンパクト事典, "Okinawa Compact Encyclopedia").
  5. ^ 中山王府相卿伝職年譜 向祐等著写本
Political offices
Preceded by Sanshikan of Ryukyu
1710 - 1716
Succeeded by