Sai Ken (d. 1587)

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  • Died: 1587/11/10
  • Titles: 喜友名 親雲上 (Kiyuna peechin)
  • Chinese/Japanese: (Cài Xuǎn / Sai Ken)

Sai Ken was a Ryukyuan scholar-bureaucrat, who served on at least one tribute mission to China.

Journeying to Beijing at age 22 as the chief interpreter (totsûji) on the tribute mission, Sai Ken fell ill and died at the Huitong-guan on 1587/11/10, shortly after arriving in the city. He was buried at the Zen temple Anchan-si in the Outer City.


  • Maehira Fusaaki, Ryûkyû shisetsu no ikoku taiken 琉球使節の異国体験, Kokusai kôryû 国際交流 59 (1992), 64.