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Genchū (元中) was a Japanese era name (年号, nengō, lit. year name) of the Southern Court during the Nanboku-chō period after Kōwa. This was the last Southern Court era. This period started in April 1384 and ended in October 1392.[1] During this time, the monarch in Yoshino until 1392 was Emperor Go-Kameyama (後亀山天皇, Go-Kameyama-tennō)..[2] Until 1392, the pretender in Kyoto was Emperor Go-Komatsu (後小松天皇, Go-Komatsu-tennō)[3] After 1392, Go-Komatsu was the 100th emperor of Japan, according to the traditional order of succession.

Events of the Genchū Era[change | change source]

  • 1391 (Genchū 8): Yamana Ujikyo attacked Kyoto.[4]
  • 1392 (Genchū 9), also known as Meitoku 3: Northern and Southern courts were reunited under Go-Komatsu.[4]

Northern Court nengō[change | change source]

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References[change | change source]

  1. Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2005). "Genchū" in Japan encyclopedia, p. 236.
  2. Nussbaum, "Go-Kameyama Tennō," pp. 254-255.
  3. Nussbaum, "Go-Komatsu Tennō," p. 255; Titsingh, Isaac. (1834). Annales des empereurs du japon, pp. 317-320.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Ackroyd, Joyce. (1982) Lessons from History: The "Tokushi Yoron", p. 330.

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