Mori Residence

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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.


  • 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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    Added Jcastle 2020
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