Nakijin Chōgi

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Nakijin Wōji Chōgi (今帰仁 王子 朝義, 20 December 1702 – 7 October 1787), also known by Nakijin Wōji Chōchū (今帰仁 王子 朝忠) and his Chinese style name Shō Seibo (尚 宣謨), was a royal of Ryukyu Kingdom.

Prince Nakijin was the tenth head of the royal family Gushichan Udun (具志川御殿). His ancestors had been offered hereditary office "Warden of Hokuzan" (北山監守, Hokuzan Kanshu) for a long time.[1] He was the eldest son of Nakijin Chōki (今帰仁 朝季); his mother was a mukei (無系, "commoner") called Manabetaru (真鍋樽). His rank was Aji (lord) at first. In 1747, he was elevated to the rank Wōji (prince), which was the highest rank among royals.[2]

He was granted Nakijin magiri (今帰仁間切, modern Nakijin, Okinawa) as his hereditary fief in 1724. He was also granted Nakijin Castle in 1742, and built a memorial stele, Sanhoku Nakijin-jō kanshu rairekihi (山北今帰仁城監守来歴碑), in the castle to commemorate it. Now the stele it still standing in the castle and is recognized Tangible Cultural Property of Okinawa Prefecture in 2002.

King Shō Boku dispatched a gratitude envoy for his accession to Edo, Japan in 1752. Prince Nakijin and Kohatsu Anzō was appointed as Envoy (正使, seishi) and Deputy Envoy (副使, fukushi) respectively. They sailed back in the next year.[3]

Prince Nakijin served as sessei from 1755 to 1770.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rizō, Takeuchi. (1992). Okinawa-ken seishi kakei daijiten (沖縄県姓氏家系大辞典). Tokyo: Kadokawa Shoten.
  2. ^ "Nakijin Chōgi." Okinawa konpakuto jiten (沖縄コンパクト事典, "Okinawa Compact Encyclopedia").
  3. ^ Chūzan Seifu, appendix vol.4
  4. ^ 中山王府相卿伝職年譜 向祐等著写本
Nakijin Chōgi
Preceded by
Nakijin Chōki
Head of Gushichan Udun Succeeded by
Nakijin Chōshō
Political offices
Preceded by
Chatan Chōki
Sessei of Ryukyu
1755 - 1770
Succeeded by
Yuntanza Chōkō