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Genji (元治) was a Japanese era name (年号,, nengō,, lit. "year name") after Bunkyū and before Keiō. This period spanned only slightly more than a single year from February 1864 through April 1865.[1] The reigning emperor was Kōmei-tennō (孝明天皇).[2]

The nengō Genji means "original rule".[3]

Events of the Genji era[change | change source]

British capture cannon at Shimonoseki in the 1st year of Genji


  • 8 July 1864 (Genji 1, 5th day of the 6th month): Skirmish at Ikedaya near Kyoto, also known as Ikedaya Jiken or Ikedaya Incident. Samurai supporting the emperor clashed with police forces of the Tokugawa shogunate.[4]
  • 12 August 1864 (Genji 1, 11th day of the 7th month): Sakuma Shōzan is assassinated at age 53.[5] Anti-shogunate (sonno joi) forces were responsible for his death.[6]

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References[change | change source]

  1. Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2002). "Genji" in Japan Encyclopedia, p. 236.
  2. Nussbaum, "Kōmei Tennō," p. 553.
  3. Griffis, William Elliot. (1915). The Mikado: Institution and Person, p. 84.
  4. Nussbaum, "Ikedaya Jiken" at p. 378.
  5. Armstrong, Robert Cornell. (1914). Light from the East or Studies in Japanese Confucianism, p. 192; Nussbaum, "Sakuma Shōzan" at pp. 813-814.
  6. National Diet Library: Portraits of Modern Japanese Historical Figures.
  7. Nussbaum, "Shimonoseki" at p. 862.

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