1640?: Was a Very Early "Komusō Temple" Really Built
in Nagasaki on the Island of Kyūshū in 1640?
May 20, 2019 - new update by T.O. - research in progress, here and now ...
Well now, as of just recently, I sort of "just stumbled over" this Japanese web page while leisurely Googling "random komusō matters" in Japanese:
http://www1.cncm.ne.jp/~seifu/kukiji.htm, the headline of which reads,
"A Study of the Chōfuku-zan Kuki-ji Temple
(later renamed Shōjūken)"
The undated article has been presented on the internet by a dedicated group of especially Kinko-ryū shakuhachi history & music enthusiasts who are exploring the particular history of the shakuhachi, the komusō and the honkyoku in the area of Nagasaki on Kyūshū in SW Japan.
It appears that the text is at least partly quoting from an essay (or book?) by a certain Shoda Kiyota,
清田章童, titled 'Nagasaki no shakuhachi',
長崎の尺八, "The Shakuhachi in Nagasaki".
The specially interesting information given here is the following:
八百屋町に一寺を建立 ... i.e.,
"In 1640, year 17 in the Kan'ei Period, the early Edo Era, a komusō named Tan-ō*) Monteki [?]
who was related to the Reihō Temple in [the village of] Ome in Musashi [present Saitama Pref.]
obtained permission from the Nagasaki [City] Magistrates to build a temple in Yaoyamachi [in C. Nagasaki]."
*) O'Neill, 1972 nos. 2306 & 1430, resp.
I have located and downloaded both of those two texts in question:
History of Nagasaki City: Buddhist Temples Vol. 1, 1923-1925, pp. 731-732: Taiheiji Temple
Link to scanning/URL - go to frames 440-441: http://dl.ndl.go.jp/info:ndljp/pid/978668/25
History of Nagasaki City: Buddhist Temples Vol. 2, 1923-1925, p. 895-896: Shōjūken Temple
Link to scanning/URL - go to frames 515-516: http://dl.ndl.go.jp/info:ndljp/pid/978669