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Matsuoka Mitsugi
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Shinto priest (shinshoku) and scholar of National Learning (kokugaku) of the late Tokugawa and Meiji periods. Born in the province of Sanuki (present-day Kagawa Prefecture), Matsuoka was the son of Takamatsu samurai Sano Eiji, he became the heir to the hereditary priesthood of the Matsuoka family at the shrine Tawa Jinja.
In his youth, Matsuoka studied Japanese imperial classics (kōten) under Sanuki Province kokugaku scholar Tomoyasu Mifuyu (1788-1862). At the time of the division of Shinto and Buddhism (shinbutsu bunri) ordered upon the establishment of the Meiji government in 1868, Mitsugi received a commission from the domainal authorities to survey the local shrines. He also oversaw the opening of a domainal academy in Takamatsu for the study of Japanese classics called the Takamatsu-Han Kōgakuryō, and served as its first Superintendent. He subsequently served in the capacities of Suppliant Priest (negi) at the shrine Konpiragū, and Chief Priest (gūji) at Iwa Jinja.
Matsuoka died December 17, 1904, at the age of seventy-five. An authority on the historical origins of ancient literature, he was the author of Kojiki santei (Gleanings from the Words of the Kojiki), Kogo shūi santei (Gleanings from the Words of the Kogo shūi) and Shinsen shōjiroku santei (Gleanings from the Words of the Shinsen shōjiroku), among other works.

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