Ishikawa Seitsu

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A stone bearing a poem by Ishikawa, at Nakashima in Naha
  • Born: 1897/9/25
  • Died: 1982/12/2
  • Japanese: 石川正通 (Ishikawa Seitsuu)

Ishikawa Seitsû was an Okinawan scholar of English literature. Among his works were translations of the full stories of Sherlock Holmes.

Born in Okinawa in 1897, he learned English from a Christian minister. After graduating from Tôhoku University, he taught at Japan Girls' Academy (Nihon joshi kôtô gakuin)[1], among other institutions, and after the war, at Juntendô University and Kokushikan University. He also served as translator and interpreter at the Tokyo War Crimes trials.

Seitsû died on 1982/12/2.


  • "Ishikawa Seitsû," Digital-ban Nihon jinmei daijiten デジタル版 日本人名大辞典, Kodansha 2009.
  1. Today, Shôwa Women's University.