The fourth son of King Shô Hô, he succeeded his elder brother Shô Ken to become king in 1648. He was the first Ryukyuan king to be formally recognized by the Qing Dynasty, after his son Crown Prince Shô Tei traveled to China in 1654 and turned over the kingdom's Ming Dynasty royal seal, receiving a new seal from the Qing. He later became the first king to receive a formal Chinese investiture mission from the Qing, in 1663. The adoption of Qing music into Ryukyuan court music is traced to this occasion.
|Reign as King of Ryûkyû
- Okinawa bijutsu zenshû vol 6, Okinawa Times (1989), 65.
- Dana Masayuki 田名真之, "Bunken shiryô ni mieru uzagaku" “文献資料に見る御座楽,” in Uzagaku no fukugen ni mukete, p8.