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Born into a wealthy merchant family, Hirose founded in 1801 the Academy Neo-Confucian Kangien (咸宜園). In Hirose's lifetime, the school was attended by 3,000 young Japanese, and until 1871 by more than 4,000 young men came from all over Japan. Among its graduates were Confucian and Buddhist monks, doctors of traditional Chinese medicine and medicine of Western Europe, politicians and administrators, traders, farmers and samurai.
- Marleen Kassel: Tokugawa Confucian Education: The Kangien Academy of Hirose Tansō (1782–1856). SUNY Press, 1996, ISBN 0-7914-2807-9 preview on Google books
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