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Kenji (era)

Kenji (建治) is a Japanese era name (年号,, nengō,, lit. "year name") which followed Bun'ei and preceded Kōan. This period spanned the years from April 1275 to February 1278.[1] The reigning emperor was Go-Uda-tennō (後宇多天皇).[2]

Change of era

  • 1275 Kenji gannen (建治元年): The new era name was created to mark an event or a number of events. The previous era ended and a new one commenced in Bun'ei 12.

Events of the Kenji era

  • 1275 (Kenji 1): The Mongols sent an ambassador to Kamakura along with the delegation which accompanied the envoy from the Goryeo. The unwelcome visitor was put to death; and his severed head was publicly displayed.[3]
  • 1277 (Kenji 3, 5th month): Yoshimasa laid down his office.[4]


  1. ^ Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2005). "Kenji" in Japan Encyclopedia, p. 509, p. 509, at Google Books; n.b., Louis-Frédéric is pseudonym of Louis-Frédéric Nussbaum, see Deutsche Nationalbibliothek Authority File Archived 2012-05-24 at
  2. ^ Titsingh, Isaac. (1834). Annales des empereurs du Japon, pp. 262-268; Varley, H. Paul. (1980). Jinnō Shōtōki. p. 233-237.
  3. ^ Titsingh, pp. 258-259 n1.
  4. ^ Ackroyd, Joyce. (1982). Lessons from History: the Tokushi Yoron, p. 172.


  • Ackroyd, Joyce. (1982) Lessons from History: The Tokushi Yoron. Brisbane: University of Queensland Press. ISBN 978-0-702-21485-1; OCLC 7574544
  • Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric and Käthe Roth. (2005). Japan encyclopedia. Cambridge: Harvard University Press. ISBN 978-0-674-01753-5; OCLC 58053128
  • Titsingh, Isaac. (1834). Nihon Odai Ichiran; ou, Annales des empereurs du Japon. Paris: Royal Asiatic Society, Oriental Translation Fund of Great Britain and Ireland. OCLC 5850691
  • Varley, H. Paul. (1980). A Chronicle of Gods and Sovereigns: Jinnō Shōtōki of Kitabatake Chikafusa. New York: Columbia University Press. ISBN 9780231049405; OCLC 6042764

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Preceded by
Era or nengō

Succeeded by