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Keian (慶安) was a Japanese era name (年号, nengō, , lit. "year name") after Shōhō and before Jōō. This period started in February 1648 and ended in September 1652. During this time, the emperor was Go-Kōmyō-tennō (後光明天皇).
Events of the Keian era
- 1648 (Keian 1): Legal code about city life and business are established in Osaka
- 1649 (Keian 2): Five-storied pagoda at Sensō-ji (金龍山浅草寺 Kinryū-zan Sensō-ji ) was built in Asakusa.
- 1 April 1649 (Keian 2, 20th day of the 2nd month): There was a major earthquake in Edo.
- 1652 (Keian 5, 5th month): Nihon Odai Ichiran was published. The French version of this work was the first Japanese history book to be published in the West.
- Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2005). "Kei'an" in Japan encyclopedia, p. 503.
- Nussbaum, "Go-Kōmyō Tennō," p. 256; Titsingh, Isaac. (1834). Annales des empereurs du japon, p. 412.
- Hall, John Whitney. Early Modern Japan, p. xx.
- Nihon Gaiji Kyōkai. (1942). Contemporary Japan: a Review of Japanese Affairs, Vol. 11, Part 2, p. 749.
- Nussbaum, "Kei'an no ofuregake" at p. 503.
- Titsingh, p. 412.
- Nussbaum, "Kei'an jinken" at p. 503; Screech, Timon. (2006). Secret Memoirs of the Shogans: Isaac Titsingh and Japan, 1779-1822, pp. 85-89.
- Titsingh, pp. 406, 412.
- National Diet Library, "The Japanese Calendar" -- historical overview plus illustrative images from library's collection
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