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Wednesday, August 7, 2013


An exemplary personality who travelled widely along with his scientific quest was Yoshichika Tokugawa. He was born in Tokyo, descendant of the family who established the Shogunate regime and ruled Japan from 1600 until the Meiji Restoration in 1868. Graduated from Department of History, Tokyo University  in 1911 and Department of Biology, Tokyo University in 1924. 

Visited Java for the first time in 1921 and saw around the city of Batavia, the Buitenzorg Botanical Garden (now known as Bogor Botanical Garden or Kebun Raya Bogor), the ancient monuments of Boroboedoer and Prambanan before he went to Malayan jungle for wild game hunting.

 In 1929, he revisited  Java as a member of the Japanese delegation for the Fourth Pacific Science Congress held in Batavia and Bandoeng. After attending the sessions and participating in the study tours to Krakatau Island, Noesa Kambangan, Bromo Sandsea etc., he paid  courtesy calls to the Soesoehoenan of Solo and the Sultan of Jogjakarta. 

Awarded Bintang Darjah Kerabat Yang Pertama by Sultan Ibrahim of Johor.
Tokugawa, Yoshichika. 1925. On Hunting in the Jungle of Malaya. (in Japanese)

------. 1931. Journeys to Djakarta. Kyodo-kenkyu-sha, Nagoya; repr 1943 by Jujiya-Shoten, Tokyo; repr 1960 by Chuo-Koron Publ Co, Tokyo (in Japanese)

------ . and Asakura, Sumitaka. 1937. Bahasa Melayu dalam Ampat Minggu. Daigaku-Shorin, Tokyo

Corners, E.J.H. 1981. The Marquis: A Tale of Shonan-to. Heinemann Books (Asia) Ltd, Singapore

Iguchi, Masatoshi (trans). 2004. Marquis Tokugawa: Journeys to Java. ITB Press, Bandung 230pp

(now known as Institiut Teknologi Bandung, ITB)

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