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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. During this time, the emperor was Momozono-tennō (桃園天皇).
Events of the Kan'en Era
- 1748 (Kan'en 1): The first performance of the puppet play Kanadehon Chushingura, which presents a classic story of samurai revenge.
- 1748 (Kan'en 1): Ambassadors from the Korea and from the Ryukyu Islands were received in Edo.
- 7 October 1749 (Kan'en 2, 26th day of the 8th month): Nijō Castle was burnt after it was struck by lightning.
- Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2005). "Kan'en" Japan Encyclopedia, p. 469.
- Nussbaum, "Momozono Tennō," p. 656; Titsingh, Isaac. (1834). Annales des empereurs du japon, p. 418.
- Hall, John Whitney. (1988). The Cambridge History of Japan, p. xxiii.
- Titsingh, p. 418.
- Ponsonby-Fane, Richard. (1959). Kyoto: the Old Capital of Japan, 794-1869, p. 321; Titsingh, p. 418.
- 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.
- National Diet Library, "The Japanese Calendar" -- historical overview plus illustrative images from library's collection
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