Okuma Ujihiro

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  • Born: 1856
  • Died: 1934
  • Japanese: 大熊氏広 (Ookuma Ujihiro)

Ôkuma Ujihiro was among the first Japanese sculptors to work in the Western style, in bronze and stone. He is known in particular for a statue of Ômura Masujirô at Yasukuni Shrine, the first Western-style bronze sculpture of a national hero to be erected in Tokyo. Ôkuma also produced three sculptures of Gotô Shinpei, 3rd Chief of Home Affairs on Taiwan, installed in 1911-1912 in the cities of Taipei, Taichung, and Tainan.


  • Suzuki Eka, "Building Statues of Japanese Governors: Monumental Bronze Sculptures and Colonial Cooperation in Taiwan under Japanese Rule," presentation at 2013 UCSB International Conference on Taiwan Studies, University of California at Santa Barbara, 7 Dec 2013.