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Kaei (嘉永 ) was a Japanese era name (年号, , nengō,, lit. "year name") after Kōka and before Ansei. This period started in February 1848 and ended in November 1854. During this time, the emperor was Kōmei-tennō (孝明天皇 ).

The nengō Kaei means "Celebration of Eternity" or "Eternal Felicity"

Events of the Kaei Era

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Coins minted during the Kaei era
  • 1849 (Kaei 2): Medical practice of vaccination first used by Dutch physician at Dejima.
  • 1854 (Kaei 7): Commodore Perry returns to Edo Bay to force Japanese agreement to the Treaty of Kanagawa. The chief Japanese negotiator was Hayashi Akira.
  • 2 May 1854 (Kaei 7, the 6th day of the 4th month): Fire destroyed the Imperial Palace in Kyoto.

During the Kaei era, the shogunate bought guns and encouraged the manufacture of guns.

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Preceded by:
Kōka
Era or nengō:
Kaei
Succeeded by:
Ansei
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