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Kennin (建仁) was a Japanese era name (年号, nengō, , lit. "year name") after Shōji and before Genkyū. This period started in February 1201 and ended in February 1204. The reigning emperor was Tsuchimikado-tennō (土御門天皇).
Events of the Kennin era
- 1202 (Kennin 2, 1st month): Nitta Yoshishige died. He was the deputy director for cuisine for the Dairi (大炊助) in the palace. His court rank was 2nd rank of the 5th class (従五位下).
- 1202 (Kennin 2, 7th month): Minamoto no Yoriie was raised to the 2nd rank of the 2nd class; and he was named the 2nd shogun of the Kamakura shogunate.
- 1202 (Kennin 2, 10th month): The naidaijin Minamoto no Michichika died at 54; and his court position was then filled by dainagon Fujiwara no Takatada.
- 1202 (Kennin 2): On orders from Shogun Minamoto no Yoriie, the monk Eisai founded Kennin-ji, a Zen temple and monastery.
- 1203 (Kennin 3, 8th month): Shogun Yoriie fell gravely ill.
- 1203 (Kennin 3, 9th month): Yoriie shaved his head and became a Buddhist priest; and the emperor named Minamoto no Sanetomo as the 3rd shogun.Hōjō Tokimasa became Sanetomo's shikken (regent).
- Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2005). "Kennin" in Japan encyclopedia, p. 509].
- Titsingh, Isaac. (1834). Annales des empereurs du japon, pp. 221-227; Brown, Delmer. (1979). Gukanshō, p. 340; Varley, H. Paul. (1980). Jinnō Shōtōki, pp. 220-221.
- Titsingh, 225.
- Nussbaum, "Kennin-ji" at p. 509.
- Titsingh, p. 226.
- National Diet Library, "The Japanese Calendar" -- historical overview plus illustrative images from library's collection
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