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  Mitsukuri Genpo's Former Residence
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      Inside Mitsukuri Genpo's Former Residence
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Mitsukuri Genpo (1799-1863) is a prominent figure in Japanese history, specifically when Japan first came into contact with the West. He was one of the original Dutch scholars in Japan, so his translations of Dutch texts became one of Japan's first glimpses into Western culture, influencing the government's decisions in dealing with the West (He worked as a translator for the government bureau). One of his works was a gazateer that gave information about many European countries which previously little was known about.

His residence is not very big, and the information inside is in Japanese only however, it is free to enter and it is located on Joto Street, the famous street with houses and samurai residences from the Edo Period, so it is worth stopping by for a short time to see this historical building. His grave is located in a nearby cemetary, and some of his writings are in Tsuyama's Archive of Western Learning Museum.

Directions: The museum is located along Joto Street. There is actually a sign over the road that points directly to his residence, so it's quite easy to find.

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  • Updated Jun 17, 2010
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