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Kōnin (弘仁?) was a Japanese era name (年号, nengō,?, lit. "year name") after Daidō and before Tenchō. This period started in September 810 and ended in January 824.[1] During this time, the emperors were Saga-tennō (嵯峨天皇?)[2] and Junna-tennō (淳和天皇?).[3]

Events of the Kōnin era

In Kōnin 13, Emperor Saga wrote "Cry for noble Saichō" (哭最澄上人?)
  • 812 (Kōnin 3): Official commentary on the Nihongi was written.[4]
  • 820 (Kōnin 3): Legal code was re-written in 50 volumes, including all laws since 701.[5]

This era is part of Kōnin-jōgan, which is a historical period from 810 to 877. The importance of Buddhism and the arts was notable during this time.[9]

Related pages


  1. Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2005). "Kōnin" in Japan Encyclopedia, p. 557.
  2. Nussbaum, "Saga Tennō," p. 804; Titsingh, Isaac. (1834). Annales des empereurs du japon, pp. 97-102; Brown, Delmer et al. (1979).Gukanshō, pp. 280-282; Varley, H. Paul. (1980). Jinnō Shōtōki, p. 151.
  3. Nussbaum, "Junna Tennō," p. 437; Titsingh, pp. 103-106; Brown, pp. 282-283; Varley, p. 151-152.
  4. Nussbaum, "Kōnin shiki" at p. 557.
  5. Nussbaum, "Kōnin kyaku-shiki" at p. 557.
  6. Nussbaum, "Saichō" at p. 805.
  7. Titsingh, p. 102-103; Brown, pp. 282.
  8. Varley, p. 44; a distinct act of senso is unrecognized prior to Emperor Tenji; and all sovereigns except Jitō, Yōzei, Go-Toba, and Fushimi have senso and sokui in the same year until the reign of Emperor Go-Murakami. Compare Imperial Household Agency (Kunaichō), Ceremony of Accession (Sokui-no-Rei); retrieved 2011-12-27.
  9. Nussbaum, "Kōnin-jōgan" at p. 557.

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