Sanzaburo Kobayashi

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Sanzaburo Kobayashi (小林参三郎)
Born 小林 参三郎
Harima Province, Japan
Died 1926
Spouse(s) Nobuko Kobayashi (m. 1904)

Sanzaburo Kobayashi (小林参三郎, Kobayashi Sansaburō; 1863 - 1926) was a Japanese surgeon and Shingon Buddhist who came to promote sitting seiza as a method of curing neurasthenia and other conditions. Kobayashi is the probable source of the Kobayashi Map, a flat earth map that was claimed in Hawaiian newspaper reports of 1907 to have been created in roughly 900 A.D. by Chinese priests.

Selected Bibliography

  • Kobayashi, Sanzaburo (1922), 生命の神秘 : 生きる力と医術の合致, Tokyo: 杜翁全集刊行会 
  • Kobayashi, Sanzaburo (1924), 自然の名医 : 医術に応用された静座, Tokyo: 春秋社 


  • Sato, Koji (1966), "Neurasthenia and Seiza of Dr. Sanzaburo Kobayashi", Psychologia: An International Journal of Psychological Sciences (Kyoto: Psychologia Society) 9 (4)  — "As a pioneer in psychosomatic medicine the author reports on the life and achievement of Sanzaburo Kobayashi, M.D. (1863-1926) who studied surgery in the United States and practised in Hawaii for about 15 years with great fame, and on returning to Japan learned seiza (sitting quietly) and cured his own neurasthenia and then helped his patients with the integration of modern medicine, seiza and religious belief."