Mori Residence

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Background

Mori Ōgai, a famous physician and author, was born in this house in 1862. Mori wrote the famous novel Gan (雁), "Wild Geese" and his daughter, Mori Mari, also became a writer of renown. His family were hereditary physicians in service to the Lord of Tsuwano Castle, and this, their family home, is located in the castle town (Jōkamachi), now situated adjacent to the Mori Ōgai Memorial Museum. Mori attended the Tsuwano Hankō (Domain School), learning Confucian Classics. He apparently took private lessons in Dutch and Western Studies (Rangaku), and stayed at the residence of Nishi Amane, an extant thatched roof cottage also in Tsuwano, where he was tutored by the good doctor in German. After earning his medical license at the age of 19 (the youngest ever to do so), Mori served as a field surgeon in the Imperial Army, serving in Manchuria and Taiwan during the First Sino-Japanese War. Mori Ōgai's early life, spent between Tsuwano and Tōkyō, marks the transitional period between Shogunate and Empire.

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Mori Residence Profile
English Name Mori Residence
Japanese Name 森鴎外旧宅
Year 1854
Residence Type Lower Class
Designations National Historic Site
Features Gates, Garden, House
Visitor Information 9:00-17:00; Admittance Fee
Location Tsuwano, Shimane Prefecture
Castle Tsuwano Castle
Coordinates 34° 27' 27.54" N, 131° 46' 7.21" E
Tsuwano Castle and nearby Samurai Homes
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