Genkō (era)

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Genkō (元弘) was a Japanese era name (年号, nengō, lit. year name) of the Southern Court during the pre-Nanboku-chō period after Gentoku and before Kemmu.[1] This period started in August 1331 and ended in January 1334.[2]

The pretender in Kyoto was Emperor Kōgon (光厳天皇, Kōgon-tennō).[3] Kōgon's Southern Court rival in Yoshino during this time was Emperor Go-Daigo (後醍醐天皇, Go-Diago-tennō).[4]

Events of the Genkō Era[change | change source]

The oldest extant account of Buddhism in Japan, the Genko Shakusho (元亨釈書), was completed in the Genko era. The writing project was the work of Kokan Shiren.[7]

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References[change | change source]

  1. Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2005). "Nengō" in Japan Encyclopedia, pp. 704-705.
  2. Nussbaum, "Genkō" at p. 238.
  3. Nussbaum, "Kōgon Tennō" at p. 543.
  4. Nussbaum, "Go-Daigo Tennō" at p. 251.
  5. Nussbaum, "Genkō no ran" at pp. 238-239.
  6. McCullough, Helen Craig (1959). The Taiheiki: A Chronicle of Medieval Japan, pp. 285-311.
  7. Nussbaum, "Genkō shakusho" at p. 239.

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Genkō 1st 2nd 3rd 4th
1331 1332 1333 1334
Preceded by:
Gentoku
Southern Court nengō:
Genkō
Succeeded by:
Kemmu
Preceded by:
Gentoku
1329–1332
Northern Court nengō:
Shōkyō
1332–1334
Succeeded by:
Kemmu
1334–1338