Enkyō (Kamakura period) facts for kids

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Enkyō (延慶), also known as Enkei or Enkyū, was a Japanese era (年号, nengō,, lit. "year name") after Tokuji and before Ōchō. This period started in October 1308 and ended in April 1311. During this time, the emperor was Hanazono-tennō (花園天皇).

The nengō Enkyō means "Becoming Prolonged" because of the tail of the great comet which was seen in the night sky of 1308.

Events of the Enkyō era

Retired former-Emperor Fushimi administered the court up through the time he took the tonsure as a Buddhist monk, which happened after this nengō ended.

  • 1308 (Enkyō 1): After the death of Emperor Go-Nijō, the throne passed to a cousin who would come to be known as Emperor Hanazono. The new emperor was 12 years old.
  • 1310 (Enkyō 3, 11th month): Hōjō Sadafusa died; and Hōjō Tokiatsu was named to take his place as Kyoto representative of the military government in Kamakura.

An early version of The Tale of the Heike (Heike monogatori) has been traced to a draft written during this era.

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