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Kōka (弘化) was a Japanese era name (年号, nengō,, lit. "year name") after Tenpō and before Kaei. This period started in December 1844 and ended in February 1848. During this time, the emperors were Ninkō-tennō (仁孝天皇) and Kōmei-tennō (孝明天皇).

Events of the Kōka era

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The USS Vincennes and USS Columbus in Japanese waters in the 3rd year of Kōka
  • 1844 (Kōka 1): Takashima Tomonosuke was born.
  • 1846 (Kōka 3): Two U.S. Navy ships were driven away from Uraga at the mouth of Tokyo Bay.
  • 21 February 1846 (Kōka 3, 26th day of the 1st month): Ninkō died; and the succession passed to his son (senso). Soon after, Emperor Kōmei's role as monarch was confirmed by ceremonies (sokui).
  • March 1846 (Kōka 3): Earthquake in Sanriku (Latitude: 39.500/Longitude: 142.000), 6.9 magnitude on the Richter Scale
  • 9 May 1847 (Kōka 4): Earthquake in Nagano (Latitude: 37.000/Longitude: 138.000), 7.4 on Richter Scale
  • 1848 (Kōka 5): The last subscription Noh performance of the pre-modern era.

During the Koka era, Hiroshige began making prints of women in the context of famous places.

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