Takuan Soho

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  • Born: 1573
  • Died: 1645
  • Japanese: 沢庵宗彭 (Takuan Sôhô)

Takuan Sôhô was a notable Zen monk of the early Edo period. He is known for his involvement in the construction or reconstruction of many notable Buddhist temples including Nanshû-ji and Kenchô-ji, and for his activity in prominent social circles, exchanging letters or in-person interactions with numerous significant figures of his time.

Many of his letters exchanged with Hosokawa Tadaoki, Tadatoshi, and Mitsunao have been collected and saved in the Eisei Bunko.[1]


  1. Gallery labels, Eisei Bunko.