Mori Ogai

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A plaque marking the former site of Ôgai's office at the Tokyo National Museum
  • Born: 1862
  • Died: 1922
  • Other Names: 森林太郎 (Mori Rintarou)
  • Japanese: 鴎外 (Mori Ougai)

Mori Ôgai was a novelist and literary critic of the Meiji and Taishô eras, and is also known as a military medic. He is today considered a representative example of Meiji era intellectuals.

In December 1917, he was appointed head of the Imperial House Museum, and continued in that position until his death in 1922. It was a position which covered museums in Tokyo, Kyoto, and Nara. For many years, every autumn, he would come to Nara and help oversee the opening of the Shôsôin; during that time, he would stay in a house at the northeast corner of the Nara National Museum grounds. As part of his job, he would actively visit the various historical sites and ancient temples & shrines in Nara.

His home in the Sendagi-chô neighborhood of Tokyo's Bunkyô-ku was called Kanchôrô (観潮楼, lit. "tower for watching the tides").[1]


  • Plaques on-site at Ôgai's house in Nara.
  • Gallery labels, Tokyo National Museum.
  1. Gallery labels at Bunkyo Museum.