Meiji period(明治時代,Meiji-jidai?), also known as the Meiji era, was a Japanese era name(年号,,nengō,?, lit. "year name") after Keiō and before Taishō. This period started in September 1868 and ended in July 1912. During this time, the emperor was Meiji-tennō(明治天皇?).
The nengōMeiji means "Enlightened Rule" or "Enlightened Government".
♯The Northern pretenders did not recognize the Genkō era. Gentoku was used in the Northern Court until 1332. ₪The Shōkyō era was recognized only by the Northern pretenders, not by the Southern Court. ‡ Upon reunification of the Northern and Southern Courts in 1392, Genchū was discontinued. Meitoku was used until 1394.