Who is Seishou Taketomi ?
The book"Golden age of Langaku and Lanchiu's career"which was firstly published by Tokyo Medical Periodicals, and the author was Yougo Suzuki in 1933 has been republished by the other publisher recently. This information has been obtained through the search by internet. Jun Matumoto died at Ohiso in 1907, 76 years old. He also had contributed to some new fields otherwise than medicine. He was the first person who studied photography in Japan since his Nagasaki stay. He also intoduced milk production in Tokyo, and he had promoted sea bathing at Ohiso. These items are nowadays most necessary things for our present age.
He had been selected to be a senetor and honored with many big titles. But he lost lovely son in 1879 who once was the president of Sience Reserach Center named "Sehmikyoku" in Osaka, and this laboratory had developed to be the present Kyoto University in 1897. And in 1893 he lost his wife and the second son. Though he won many honours, Jun might have been lonesome in the last days.
Nearly 100 years are coming after his death, we believe a giant named Jun Matumoto will be recognized to be one of the founders of modern Japan. Like as the case of Kumagusu Minakata who has been called only one genius Japan had borne during these 100 years. Minakata still has a record of 45 times contribution to the "nature" magazine of UK, which is nowadays one of the most authorized scientific periodicals.
After we have some information on Jun, another question has been closed up that who is Seishou Taketomi? We had no information on Seishou from the internet search engines, though some items were picked up by internet search on Jun Matumoto.
One day we had given a fortune to interview with Mr.Seiten Jinya, who being an expert on old art and antiques. When we asked him on Seishou, his answer shocked us with greatest joy that Seishou Taketomi was borne in Kumamoto in 1839 and visited Sakurai district more than 4 time in 1881, 1886, 1895 and 1899. He also told us Seishou and Tekken were good friends for long time. To hear his clear answer, Shiuzou and Ihzuka had been pleased to shout "Banzai" calling. Thus two year long question melted away like ice was heated by hot water. Mr.Seiten Jinya added there are several people who own Seishou's Nanga art in Sakurai and Imabari districts.
At last we have reached a goal to know the time of historical meeting of Seishou and Jun in Kumamoto and also Seishou and Tekken in Sakurai district. Tekken is Yoshikata Ishimaru, grandfather of Shiuzou's father who died in 1923. Seishou's sho has been found which verify the relation between Seishou and Tekken as follows. The writing says: "Seigen sholou : 1886 Spring day wrote for Tekken my nobility from Seishou". Seigen sholou means "pure and calm studio".

At last we have known Who Seishou is !
It was in the middle of September of this year 1999, 17th of Sept. when it passed 15:00 or so, the question had suddenly been revealed. On this day Ihzuka received many times telephone call from Mr.Seiten Jinya who asked him to dial to Kumamoto Prefecture Office and inquire for experts of art and culture department about Seishou Taketomi. An expert said to him "Contact Mr.Ohkura of The Kumamoto Prefectural Museum on Seishou Taketomi, he is a specialist studying Seishou Taketomi". And a little later Ihzuka had got a decisive answer "Seishou was born in Gokanoshou Kumamoto Pref. and died in 1899 at Hiroshima's lodging. He wrote characters of more than 1000 tombs for soldiers died in the Battle of Tabaruzaka" by the order of Genral Nogi. Seishou in his last stage of life wandered around anywhere of western Japan and continued to draw Nanga art and sho. Even nowadays special Exhibition on Seisou Nanga art had sometimes been held in Kumamoto City. Shimada Museum has the largest collection of Seishou Nanga art and writings".
The last question which Shiuzou and Ihzuka could not reveal for 2 years had resolved in 20 minutes after the beginning of telephone investigation. Ihzuka phoned to Shimada Museum and got a permission of sending him catalogs of Seishou Exhibition in 1987 held at Shimada Museum. Ihzuka then interrupted medical services phoned to Shiuzou who was also in duty of hospital telling on the results just obtained from Kumamoto with excitation which continued longer. And Ihzuka believed it was 1877 at Kumamoto when Jun and Seishou firstly met.

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