Nanpo Bunshi (南浦文之)

Bunshi NANPO (1555 - October 25, 1620) was a priest of the Rinzai Sect from the Azuchi-Momoyama period to the early Edo period. His secular name was the Yuasa clan. His other name was Bunshi Gensho. He was born in Hyuga Province.

When he was a child, he became a Zen priest and learned Confucianism from Ichio Genshin who was magodeshi (disciples of one's disciples) of Genju KEIAN. He excelled in Shoku kunko (interpreting ancient words and phrases) and he went to Kyoto at the age of 15 and studied under Kishun at the Ryugin-an Temple of the Tofuku-ji Temple. After that, he went back to his home town Hyuga and served the Shimazu clan. While he was involved in negotiations with the Tokugawa clan before the Battle of Sekigahara, he prepared diplomatic documents addressed to the Ming Dynasty in China or Ryukyu. He gave a name of the school 'Jigen-ryu' to the swordplay of Chui TOGO who was a swardsman of Satsuma Domain.

His graveyard is located in Ankoku-ji Temple on Mt. Taihei in Kajiki-cho, Aira-gun, Kagoshima Prefecture (his grave was designated as the state's historic site.)

His main book

Teppoki (a history book on the introduction of guns)

[Original Japanese]