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Kan'en (寛延) was a Japanese era name (年号,, nengō,, lit. "year name") after Enkyō and before Hōreki. This period started in July 1748 and ended in October 1751.[1] During this time, the emperor was Momozono-tennō (桃園天皇).[2]

Events of the Kan'en Era[change | change source]

Nijo Castle burned in the 2nd year of Kan-en
  • 1748 (Kan'en 1): The first performance of the puppet play Kanadehon Chushingura, which presents a classic story of samurai revenge.[3]
  • 1748 (Kan'en 1): Ambassadors from the Korea and from the Ryukyu Islands were received in Edo.[4]
  • 7 October 1749 (Kan'en 2, 26th day of the 8th month): Nijō Castle was burnt after it was struck by lightning.[5]

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References[change | change source]

  1. Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2005). "Kan'en" Japan Encyclopedia, p. 469.
  2. Nussbaum, "Momozono Tennō," p. 656; Titsingh, Isaac. (1834). Annales des empereurs du japon, p. 418.
  3. Hall, John Whitney. (1988). The Cambridge History of Japan, p. xxiii.
  4. Titsingh, p. 418.
  5. Ponsonby-Fane, Richard. (1959). Kyoto: the Old Capital of Japan, 794-1869, p. 321; Titsingh, p. 418.
  6. Meyer, Eva-Maria. (1999). Japans Kaiserhof in der Edo-Zeit, p. 186; Imperial Household Agency (Kunaichō), 桜町天皇 (115); retrieved 2012-5-27.

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