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Takahiko Senke was born in 1796 in Izumo, Shimane, Japan.
After the Meiji Restoration (1868), he devoted himself to waka composition and was reputed to be the best waka poet in western Japan. He wrote many books.
His ancestors were kuninomiyatsuko, or governors, of Izumo and as such took charge of Shinto rituals in the province.