Kusuha Sainin

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  • Born: 1395
  • Died: 1486
  • Childhood name: Musuru

Kusuha Sainin was one of two sons of a man who came from Tenjiku (India?) and settled in the Osaka area in the late 14th century. Sainin served the temple Kôfuku-ji in Nara in some capacity, and journeyed to Ming China in 1432 and 1453 on trade voyages. Some have suggested that he (or his father) was Muslim, from Malacca.


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