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Bunroku (文禄) was a Japanese era name (年号, nengō,, lit. "year name") after Tenshō and before Keichō. This period started in December 1592 and ended in 1596. During this time, the emperor was Go-Yōzei-tennō (後陽成天皇).

The nengō Bunroku means "Enlightened Benevolence".

Events of the Bunroku era

Japanese ships land at Pusan in the 1st year of Bunroku
  • 1592 (Bunroku 1): Ogasawara Sadayori discovered the Bonin Islands; and the territory was granted to him as a fief by Toyotomi Hideyoshi.
  • 1592 (Bunroku 1): Silver coins called Bunroku-tsūhō were minted . Copper coins were issued at the same time, but none are known to have survived.
  • 1593 (Bunroku 3): Former-Emperor Ōgimachi died.
  • 1593 (Bunroku 3): Toyotomi Hideyori is born to Hideyoshi's mistress Yodo-Dono.
  • 1595 (Bunroku 4): Toyotomi Hidetsugu loses his position and power.

Land reform and a general census of the population and a national survey are undertaken in 1589-1595.

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