Tomb of Yamagata Banto   
   2-chome, Yorikimachi, Kita-ku, Zendoji temple
[ Minamimorimachi ] by Tanimachi Line and Sakaisuji Line, about 400m to the northeast
 Yamagata Banto was a well-known figure of Osaka as a scholar and a merchant as well(1748-1821).
 He was an able head clerk of the money exchange merchant Masuya.
 He studied Confucianism from Nakai Chikuzan and his brother Nakai Riken, Astronomy from Asada Goryu at Kaitokudo School during its golden age.
 He had written a book for 18years named "Yumenoshiro" which had as many as 12 volumes in spite of his poor eyesight.
 In this book he supported the heliocentric theory, criticized the age of gods and he was in favor of atheism.
 He played a pioneering role of bringing about modern thought.
 Lately Osaka prefecture set up the prize on international culture named Yamagata Banto Prize.


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