Motoda Eifu

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  • Born: 1818
  • Died: 1891
  • Japanese: 元田永孚 (Motoda Eifu)

Motoda Eifu was a tutor on Chinese classics to the Meiji Emperor. He served that function for roughly twenty years, as well as being a Confucian advisor to the Emperor.

Motoda is also credited with playing a significant role in drafting the language of the Imperial Rescript on Education, promulgated in 1890.


  • Conrad Schirokauer, David Lurie, and Suzanne Gay, A Brief History of Japanese Civilization, Wadsworth Cengage (2013), 188.