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Ryozo Azuma

1879 - 1980

Ryozo Azuma - photo by Gene Rose
  • Conservationist and mountaineer, known as "The John Muir of Japan" (pronounced Ah za ma)
  • At age 20, attended College of the Pacific in Tacoma, Washington, USA. Learned about John Muir from the name "Camp Muir" when climbing Mount Rainier.
  • After reading Muir's books, Azuma visited John Muir in May, 1914. This led to the first of several visits to Alaska.
  • Translated Muir's book Stickeen and was responsible for having Travels in Alaska translated into Japanese by Tahei Tobuse in 1942.
  • In 1973, Azuma published his book Shizen hogo no chichi Jon Myua. (Life of John Muir, Father of Nature Conservation).
  • The Sierra Club made Azuma an Honorary Life Member in 1977.

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