Kashiwade Ooka

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  • Birth: ??
  • Death: ?? (Nara Period?)
  • Other names: Kashiwade no Ôoka
  • Japanese: 膳大丘

Kashiwade Ôoka was a scholar and an assistant professor from the Bureau of Great Learning (大学寮) who traveled to China in 752. In 768 he informed Japan that Confucius had been canonized in China under a new title: Wenxuan Wang (文宣王, Bunsen'nō). Japan, at that time, was still referring to the sage by the old tile of Kong Xuanfu (孔宣父) and Kashiwade Ōoka's suggestion that it be changed to show proper respect to Confucius was accepted.


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