Kōnin (era) facts for kids

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Kōnin (弘仁) was a Japanese era name (年号, nengō,, lit. "year name") after Daidō and before Tenchō. This period started in September 810 and ended in January 824. During this time, the emperors were Saga-tennō (嵯峨天皇) and Junna-tennō (淳和天皇).

Events of the Kōnin era

Koku Saitcho shounin
In Kōnin 13, Emperor Saga wrote "Cry for noble Saichō" (哭最澄上人)
  • 812 (Kōnin 3): Official commentary on the Nihongi was written.
  • 820 (Kōnin 3): Legal code was re-written in 50 volumes, including all laws since 701.
  • 822 (Kōnin 13): Death of the monk Saichō, who was the founder of the Tendai (天台宗 Tendai-shū) sect of Buddhism in Japan
  • 30 May 823 (Kōnin 14, 17th day of the 4th month): In the 14th year of Emperor Saga's reign, he abdicated. The succession (senso) was received by a his younger brother. Soon after, Emperor Junna accepted the monarch's role and duties and powers (sokui). This was confirmed in ceremonies.

This era is part of Kōnin-jōgan, which is a historical period from 810 to 877. The importance of Buddhism and the arts was notable during this time.

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