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Genryaku (元暦) was a Japanese era name (年号,, nengō,, lit. "year name") after Juei and before Bunji. This period started in April 1184 and ended in August 1185.[1] The reigning emperors were Antoku-tennō (安徳天皇) and Go-Toba-tennō (後鳥羽天皇).[2]

Events of the Genryaku era[change | change source]

  • 25 April 1185 (Genryaku 2, 24th day of the 3rd month): the Taira (also known as the Heike) and the Minamoto clashed in the Battle of Dan-no-ura; and the Heike are defeated.[3] Antoku drowned at Dan-no-ura.[4]
  • 6 August 1185 (Genryaku 2, 9th day of the 7th month): Great earthquake in Kyoto and in the Kinai region.[3]

References[change | change source]

  1. Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2005). "Genryaku" in Japan Encyclopedia, p. 239.
  2. Titsingh, Isaac. (1834). Annales des empereurs du Japon, pp. 207-221; Brown, Delmer et al. (1979). Gukanshō, pp. 334-339; Varley, H. Paul. (1980). Jinnō Shōtōki. pp. 215-220.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Kitagawa, Hiroshi et al. (1975). The Tale of the Heike, p. 787.
  4. Kitagawa, pp. 676-677; Imperial Household Agency (Kunaichō), 安徳天皇 (81); retrieved 2012-5-23.

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