Kōda Rohan

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Kōda Rohan
In this Japanese name, the family name is "Kōda".

Kōda Shigeyuki (幸田 成行?, 23 July 1867 – 30 July 1947) who used the pen name Kōda Rohan (幸田 露伴?) was a Japanese author in the Meiji period. His daughter, Aya Kōda, was also a noted author who often wrote about him.

Kōda wrote "The Icon of Liberty", also known as "The Buddha of Art" or "The Elegant Buddha", in 1889. A house (Kagyu-an or "snail cottage") in which Kōda lived was rebuilt in 1972 by the Meiji Mura museum. Kōda was one of the first persons to be awarded the Order of Culture when it was established in 1937.

Early life[edit]

Rohan was born in the Kanda District of Tokyo. He was the son of Koda Shigenobu (1839?--1914) and Koda Yu (1842?-1919), whose father was Koda Ritei, a samurai official serving under the local shogun. Rohan's childhood name was Tetsushiro ("shiro" implying the fourth son) Shigeyuki.

Notable short stories[edit]


  • Leaving the Hermitage (1905)


  • The Whaler (1891)
  • The Minute Storehouse of Life (unfinished)

In fiction[edit]

Kōda Rohan, along with many other historical figures from the Meiji Restoration, is a protagonist of the award winning historical fantasy novel Teito Monogatari by Aramata Hiroshi. In the first film adaptation of the novel, he was played by veteran actor Kōji Takahashi. In the animated adaptation he was voiced by Yūsaku Yara.

See also[edit]


  • Mulhern, Chieko Irie - Koda Rohan, Twayne Publishers, 1977
  • Rimer, J. Thomas - The Columbia Anthology Of Modern Japanese Literature, Columbia University Press 2005