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Sei Takamatsu was born in 1855 in Fukuoka, Japan.
Sei Takamatsu distinguished himself during the Seinan Affair (revolt of Takamori Saigo) (1877) as the leader of Satsuma Clan villagers, and later studied at the college belonging to the Shinshu Sect. After Formosa was annexed by Japan he became a missionary in Formosa and enjoyed the utmost confidence of Governor-General Gentaro Kodama. Later he founded Higashi-Honoganji Temple's main office for religious propaganda in South China at Amoy, and in spite of bandits devoted himself to the service of Japanese residents there.