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Aoyagi Tanenobu
(1766-1835)
Scholar of National Learning (kokugaku) near the end of the early modern period, and samurai retainer of Fukuoka Domain in Chikuzen (present-day Kyushu). Born in Fukuoka, Aoyagi was posted to Edo, where he interacted with prominent kokugaku scholars of the Edo school such as Noda Moronari, Katō Chikage (1735-1808), Aoki Sugane and Murata Harumi (1746-1811). He also entered into private studies with Motoori Norinaga (1730-1801) in Matsuzaka (present-day Matsusaka City, Mie Prefecture) in the course of traveling between Edo and his home in Kyushu. He excelled at the study of historical geography and legendary shrine origins, and at the time the renowned cartographer Inō Tadataka (1745-1818) surveyed his home domain in 1812, Aoyagi was ordered to guide Inō during his tour. In 1820 he was assigned by the Fukuoka Domain to reassess Kaihara Yoshihisa's Chikuzen kokuzoku fūki (Record of the Nature and Landscape of Chikuzen). Aoyagi sent frequent missives to Motoori Norinaga to report on the state of ancient learning in Kyushu, and he received Norinaga's guidance on drafts of his opus Dazaifukō (Thoughts on Dazaifu). Aoyagi's disciples included Itō Tsunetaru (1774-1858), who authored the 82-volume Dazaifu kannaishi (History of Dazaifu). Aoyagi died on the sixth day of the twelfth month of 1835 at the age of seventy. He also wrote Chikuzen kokuzoku fudoki shūi, Munakatagū ryakki, Gokan kininkō, Kashiibyōgūki, Dazaifukō, and Iimori jinja yūraiki.

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