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Kengen (乾元), also known as Kangen or Ken'ei, was a Japanese era (年号, nengō, , lit. "year name") after Shōan and before Kagen. This period started in November 1302 and ended in August 1303. During this time, the emperor was Go-Nijō-tennō (後二条天皇).
Events of the Kengen era
- 1302 (Kengen 1): The central structure of Shin-Yakushi-ji Buddhist temple complex was repaired during the Kengen Era. It is one of the oldest wooden buildings in Japan. It still has some of its original woodwork from its 8th century construction.
- 1302 (Kengen 1, 6th month): Emperor Go-Nijō made a formal visit to the retirement home of his grandfather, the former Emperor Kameyama. Late the same night, Kameyama sent a poem to his grandson in the Imperial palace. Emperor Go-Nijō responded with a poem:
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- Titsingh, Isaac. (1834). Annales des empereurs du japon, p. 275-278; Varley, H. Paul. (1980). Jinnō Shōtōki. p. 239.
- Pier, Garrett Chatfield. (1914). Temple Treasures of Japan, p. 95.
- Perkins, George W. (1990). The Clear Mirror: a Chronicle of the Japanese Court during the Kamakura Period, p. 150.
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