1141 - 1215

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Myōan Eisai/Yōsai (明菴栄西, 27 May 1141 – 1 August 1215) was a Japanese Buddhist priest, credited with bringing both the Rinzai school of Zen Buddhism and green tea from China to Japan. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Eisai has received more than 104,558 page views. His biography is available in 24 different languages on Wikipedia. Eisai is the 1,057th most popular religious figure (down from 970th in 2019), the 430th most popular biography from Japan (down from 368th in 2019) and the 10th most popular Japanese Religious Figure.

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Among religious figures, Eisai ranks 1,057 out of 2,272Before him are Fulgentius of Ruspe, Andrew Kim Taegon, Charles III William, Margrave of Baden-Durlach, Henry Molaison, Hegesippus, and Saint Marcella. After him are Yolanda of Poland, Stanisław Dziwisz, Jean-Marie Villot, Nicanor the Deacon, Demetrios I of Constantinople, and Adhemar of Le Puy.

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Among people born in 1141, Eisai ranks 4Before him are Nizami Ganjavi, Gerard de Ridefort, and Malcolm IV of Scotland. After him is Floris III, Count of Holland. Among people deceased in 1215, Eisai ranks 4Before him are Bertran de Born, Michael I Komnenos Doukas, and Gottfried von Strassburg. After him is Hōjō Tokimasa.

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In Japan

Among people born in Japan, Eisai ranks 430 out of 5,560Before him are Hiroyoshi Nishizawa (1920), Emperor Go-Suzaku (1009), Emperor Go-Shirakawa (1127), Emperor Go-Toba (1180), Emperor Kōbun (648), and Kuroda Kiyotaka (1840). After him are Emperor Go-Fushimi (1288), Takeda Sōkaku (1859), Koji Funamoto (1942), Shogo Kamo (1915), Emperor Go-Reizei (1025), and Tetsu Katayama (1887).


Among religious figures born in Japan, Eisai ranks 10Before him are Kane Tanaka (1903), Paulo Miki (1564), Mikao Usui (1865), Sen no Rikyū (1522), Yamamoto Tsunetomo (1659), and Ikkyū (1394). After him are Dom Justo Takayama (1552), Saichō (767), Shinran (1173), Hōjō Ujimasa (1538), Hōnen (1133), and Kōdō Sawaki (1880).