Zakimi Seifu

Zakimi Ueekata Seifu (座喜味 親方 盛普, 20 December 1801 – 21 April 1859), was a bureaucrat of the Ryukyu Kingdom. His Chinese style name (唐名, Karana) was Mō Tatsutoku (毛 達徳), later changed to Mō Kōtoku (毛 恒徳).

Zakimi Seifu
座喜味 盛普
sanshikan of Ryukyu
In office
1847–1858
Preceded byOroku Ryōkyō
Succeeded byFukuyama Chōten
Personal details
Born(1801-12-20)December 20, 1801
DiedApril 21, 1859(1859-04-21) (aged 57)
Parent(s)Zakimi Seichin (father)
Chinese nameMō Tatsutoku (毛 達徳), later
Mō Kōtoku (毛 恒徳)
RankUeekata

Zakimi Seifu was born to an aristocrat family called Mō-uji Zakimi Dunchi (毛氏座喜味殿内). He was the 11th head of this family, and his father Zakimi Seichin, was a Sanshikan during Shō Kō's reign.[1][2]

King Shō Iku dispatched Prince Urasoe Chōki (浦添 朝憙, also known as Shō Genro 尚 元魯) and him in 1839 to celebrate Tokugawa Ieyoshi succeeded as shōgun of the Tokugawa shogunate. They sailed back in the next year.[3][4]

Zakimi Seifu was selected as a member of Sanshikan in 1847.[2] In 1857, Makishi Chōchū, who was a member of omote jūgonin (表十五人, "The fifteen magistrates"), planned to act as an intermediary for buying warship from France at Shimazu Nariakira's behest. It was strongly apposed by Seifu. He came into conflict with pro-Japanese factions, including Makishi Chōchū, Onga Chōkō and Oroku Ryōchū. He was impeached by Onga and had to resign in 1858.[5][2] It was needed to elect a new member of Sanshikan to follow him, and the election was held in the next year. Oroku helped Makishi to offer a bribe to two Japanese samurai, Ichiki Shirō and Sonoda Niemon (園田 仁右衛門), in order to let Makishi be elected. However, Seifu heard about this and accused him. Soon Makishi, Onga and Oroku were removed from their positions and arrested. This incident was known as Makishi Onga Incident (牧志恩河事件).[5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Rizō, Takeuchi. (1992). Okinawa-ken seishi kakei daijiten (沖縄県姓氏家系大辞典). Tokyo: Kadokawa Shoten.
  2. ^ a b c "中山王府相卿伝職年譜 向祐等著写本". Archived from the original on 2017-09-02. Retrieved 2017-06-25.
  3. ^ http://manwe.lib.u-ryukyu.ac.jp/library/digia/tenji/tenji2010/030.html[dead link]
  4. ^ Chūzan Seifu, appendix vol.6
  5. ^ a b "Makishi-Onga jiken". Okinawa konpakuto jiten (沖縄コンパクト事典, "Okinawa Compact Encyclopedia").
Zakimi Seifu
Preceded by Head of Mō-uji Zakimi Dunchi Succeeded by
Political offices
Preceded by Sanshikan of Ryukyu
1847–1858
Succeeded by