In October of 2000, there was an International Symposium celebrating
the 130th anniversary of Taoka Reiun's birth held at the the Kochi Bungakkan.
The symposium was organized by Taoka expert Professor Nishida Masaru, recently
retired from Hosei University. Click here to see a
copy of the poster.
The banner announces the exhibition in conjunction with the international
Inside the library was an excellent exhibition and a hall where the symposium
A panel of speakers was convened by Professor Emeritus Nishida Masaru representing
Japan, the United States, Korea, China and Russia.
Panelists were Professors Nishida, Loftus, Kishi, Kim and Liang.
The next day, following the panel, a group of us boarded a tour bus to see
some historically relevant sites in Southwestern Shikoku.
We started out by visiting the site of the Taoka family graves which is located
right in Kochi city. We walked up a pleasant neighborhood street,
where we found a stairway and path leading upwards:
At the top right, where the handrail ends, is a marker for the entryway to
Taoka Reiun's grave:
Proceeding upwards one arrives at the somewhat overgrown Taoka Family Plot:
Taoka Reiun's grave marker is below reading Reiun Taoka Sayoji, the latter
being his given name.
Our next destination was the a commemorative marker with Taoka Reiun's words
inscribed, taken from one of his posthumously published manuscripts, Joshi
kaihoron, or On Women's Liberation, a copy of which is pictured below:
This edition was compiled by Professor Nishida with a commentary appended.
The line singled out for commemoration is:
"Women's liberation means men's liberation"
Professor Nishida spoke briefly explaining the marker's significance:
Then we all appropriately posed for pictures!
Our next destination was the grave of socialist-anarchist Kotoku Shusui. The
cemetery is well-marked from the street indicating the location of the Kotoku
The plaque offers explanations in English and Japanese:
The grave itself is quite modest:
But that didn't stop all of us from crowding in for a group shot:
Following our visit to the cemetery, we repaired to a hot springs at beautiful
Below is a picture of Ron with Takahashi Tadashi, a Kochi product and author
of an excellent book on Taoka published in 1994,
and numerous articles as well: