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Genbun (元文) was a Japanese era name (年号, nengō,, lit. "year name"), also Gembun, after Kyōhō and before Kanpō. This period started in April 1736 and ended in February 1741. During this time, the emperor was Sakuramachi-tennō (桜町天皇).

Events of the Genbun era

Genbun Inari Koban Kin
Gold coin minted during the Genbun era
  • 1736 (Genbun 1): The shogunate published an edict declaring that henceforth, the sole, authorized coinage in the empire would be those copper coins which were marked on the obverse with the character (pronounced bun in Japanese or pronounced wen in Chinese. This is to say, the same character which is found in this era name of Genbun).
  • 1737 (Genbun 2, 11th month): A comet was seen in the western part of the sky.
  • 10 May 1737 (Genbun 2, 11th day of the 4th month): Former-Emperor Nakamikado died.
  • 1739 (Genbun 4): Iron coins were minted.
  • 8 August 1740 (Genbun 5, 16th day of the 7th month): Floodings in Heian-kyō (Kyoto). Sanjo Bridge (Sanjo-bashi) is washed away.

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