Koda Rohan is one of the greatest authors of the Meiji Era. He has written some amazing works ranging from the complex historical narratives to the unnerving supernatural short stories, all drenched with his amazing knowledge of Chinese and Japanese history and Buddhism. But he wasn't just some flaky braniac, he was also physically fit too. An accomplished swordsman as well as a Kendo teacher! In the context of fiction, his great historical status transforms into a mythical one, he becomes an awesome character. In Hiroshi Aramata's fantasy epic TEITO MONOGATARI (TALE OF THE IMPERIAL CAPITAL aka DOOMED MEGALOPOLIS), he's a badass swordsman, scholar and student of the occult. He chops through demons like melted cheese and even dismembers the hand of the main villain, Yasunori Kato in an incredible display of masculine bravery modeled off the great folklore warrior Watanabe no Tsuna (the "Japanese Beowulf"). Throughout the course of ten years, he learns the intricate secrets of highly esoteric and complex Chinese magics and uses them as effectively as any sorcerer against his supernatural opposition. Balls and brains! And just look at that face...what a strong, distinct, square visage. Look at that proud defiant stance! The ultimate role model and hero for not only the Japanese, but scholars and men everywhere.
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Kōda Shigeyuki(幸田 成行?, 23 July 1867 – 30 July 1947) who used the pen name Kōda Rohan(幸田 露伴?) was a Japaneseauthor in the Meiji period. His daughter, Aya Kōda, was also a noted author who often wrote about him.
Kōda wrote "The Icon of Liberty", also known as "The Buddha of Art" or "The Elegant Buddha", in 1889. A house (Kagyu-an or "snail cottage") in which Kōda lived was rebuilt in 1972 by the Meiji Mura museum. Kōda was one of the first persons to be awarded the Order of Culture when it was established in 1937.