Kempo (era)

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Kempo (建保) was a Japanese era name (年号, nengō, lit. year name) after Kenryaku and before Jōkyū. This period started in December 1213 and ended in April 1219.[1] The reigning emperor was Juntoku-tennō (順徳天皇).[2]

Events of the Kempo era[change | change source]

  • 1213 (Kempo 1, 1st day of the 1st month): There was an earthquake at Kamakura.[3]
  • 1213 (Kempo 1, 11th month): Fujiwara no Teika, also known as Fujiwara no Sadeie offered a collection of 8th century poems to Shogun Sanetomo. These poems were collectively known as the Man'yōshū.[4]
  • 1214 (Kempo 2, 2nd month): Shogun Sanetomoand the Buddhist priest Eisai drank tea, together.[4]
  • 1214 (Kempo 2, 3rd month): The emperor went to Kasuga.[4]
  • 1214 (Kempo 2, 4th month): Enryaku-ji was burned; and Sanetomo paid for repairs.[4]
  • 1215 (Kempo 3, 1st month): Hōjō Tokimasa died at age 78 in the mountains of Izu Province.[4]
  • 1215 (Kempo 3, 6th month): Eisai died at age 75.[4]
  • 1215 (Kempo 3, 8th-9th months): There were many earthquakes in the Kamakura area.[4]
  • 1217 (Kempo 5, 8th-9th months): The emperor visited the Shrines at Hirano and at Ōharano near Kyoto.[5]

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References[change | change source]

  1. Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2005). "Kempo" in Japan encyclopedia, p. 507.
  2. Titsingh, Isaac. (1834). Annales des empereurs du Japon, pp. 230-238; Brown, Delmer. (1979). Gukanshō, pp. 341; Varley, H. Paul. (1980). Jinnō Shōtōki. pp. 221-223.
  3. Titsingh, p. 231.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 Titsingh, p. 233.
  5. Titsingh, p. 234.

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Kempo 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th
1213 1214 1215 1216 1217 1218 1219
Preceded by:
Kenryaku
Era or nengō:
Kempo
Succeeded by:
Jōkyū