Thursday, June 11, 2009

Hosokawa Shigekata (1720-1785)

Hosokawa Shigekata, the 10th generation lord, was another remarkable member of this remarkable family. He was a visionary social reformer who built school and hospitals and created the first modern penal system in Japan.

He founded a garden for the propagation and study of medicinal plants; under his supervision the people of Higo (his domain) produced Higo peonies, irises, morning glories and other flowers.

image: SF Mike (Civic Center)

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