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PostPosted: Wed Aug 09, 2006 5:43 am    Post subject: Sakura Sogoro Reply with quote
From Seiichi Iwao's A Biographical Dictionary of Japanese History:

佐倉宗五郎 Sakura Sougorou (dates uncertain).

"Farmer of the early Edo period. His real name was Kiuchi Sougorou and he was the son of the nanushi, or village head, of Kimitsu in the domain of Sakura, the province of Shimosa, in present-day Chiba Prefecture. At that time the lord of the domain of Sakura, Hotta Masanobu, occupied the position of roju, a high administrative post in the shogunate, and had imposed extremely heavy taxes upon the farmers in his domain. Sogoro joined with the other peasants of the domain in appealing to the authorities for a lessening of the tax burden, but when these appeals had no effect, he made his way alone to Edo and, in spite of strict prohibitions against such action, accosted the shogun as he was passing in procession and begged him to look into the matter. It is said that his request was granted, but that he and his wife and children, four persons in all, were condemned to suffer death nevertheless. The story of his deed circulated widely among the common people of the Edo period, who, like him, suffered under the burden of excessive taxation, and was even made the theme of a play performed on the kabuki stage. Though the story may have acquired fictional elements in the process of its popularization, there is historical evidence to prove that such a person as Sakura Sogoro actually existed."

I was reading the dictionary this morning, and found this entry. Does anyone else have any other information about him, his legacy, or his accrued myths?

I was really intruiged by his story.

Links found:
http://www.rareorientalbooks.com/html/book/LIFE_OF_SOGORO__THE_FARMER_PATRIOT_OF_SAKURA_.html
http://oook.info/anth230/rebellions.html
http://www.press.uchicago.edu/cgi-bin/hfs.cgi/00/7305.ctl
http://www.udel.edu/History/flaherty/index.html
http://links.jstor.org/sici?sici=0002-8762(198612)91%3A5%3C1076%3AJGPMIP%3E2.0.CO%3B2-%23
http://www.interculturaljapan.com/wordpress/category/japanese-temples/

There are some *great* looking books included in those links.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 09, 2006 9:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
I'll have to check these sites out.

I'm also very fascinated with this man -- a great hero of his time.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 05, 2006 5:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
Sorry, I just notticed it. His story is described in "Tales of Old Japan" A.B. Mitford. I got Woodsworth edition, if you are really desperate I might try scanning it if you wish.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 05, 2006 1:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
_RK_ wrote:
Sorry, I just notticed it. His story is described in "Tales of Old Japan" A.B. Mitford. I got Woodsworth edition, if you are really desperate I might try scanning it if you wish.
I already have the book "Tales of Old Japan." I'll have to re-read that part.
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