Ōshio Heihachirō and Legends from the Taiping Rebellion

  • Masuda Wataru


I have thus far offered short analyses of the various novelizations that took their material from the Taiping revolution, published in Japan during the late-Edo period. I should like at this point in the discussion to insert one major work of dramatic fiction which adopted not the style of a novel but that of historical exegesis, a work undertaken in the Taishō era, for it offers an aspect that adds considerable color to the history of Sino-Japanese relations.


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    Inoue Tetsujirō, Nikon Yōmeigakuha no tetsugaku (The Philosophy of the Wang Yangming School in Japan) (Tokyo: Fuzanbō, 1900). Reprinted by Fuzanbō in 1903 and 1913.Google Scholar
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    Hayakawa KAōtarō, Ōkura Nagatsune (Tokyo: Yamaoka shoten, 1943).Google Scholar
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    Fujita Tōko, Naniwa sōdō kiji, in Tōko zenshū (Collected Works of [Fujita] Tōko), ed. Kikuchi Kenjirō (Tokyo: Hakubunkan, 1909), pp. 641–50.Google Scholar
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    In Furumi Kazuo, Egawa Tarōzaemon (Tokyo: Kokumin bungaku sha, 1930), we read: ‘When stories to the effect that remnants of those who had assisted ōshio Heihachirō in Ōsaka had filtered into the domain of Kai, which was terrain under his control, he [i.e., Egawa] together with shop employee Saitō Yakurō dressed in the garb impersonating a sword dealer and personally made a round of inspection.’Google Scholar

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