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Keichō (慶長 ) was a Japanese era name (年号, , nengō,, lit. "year name") after Bunroku and before Genna. This period started in October 1596 and ended in July 1615. During this time, the emperors were Go-Yōzei-tennō (後陽成天皇 ) and Go-Mizunoo-tennō (後水尾天皇 ).

The nengō Keichō means "Eternal Jubilance" or "Eternal Jubilance".

Events of the Keichō era

Gold coins minted during Keichō era
  • 1596 (Keichō 1): Japanese invasion of Korea (also known as the Imjin War).
  • 18 September 1598 (Keichō 3, 18th day of the 8th month): Toyotomi Hideyoshi died at the age of 63.
  • 21 October 1600 (Keichō 5, 15th day of the 9th month): Battle of Sekigahara, which was known as "the battle that determined the future of the country" (天下分け目の合戦 , Tenka wake-me no kassen).
  • 1603 (Keichō 8): Tokugawa Ieyasu was named Shogun.
  • 1605 (Keichō 10): The first major map of Japan was ordered by the shogunate.
  • 1609 (Keichō 12): Satsuma invades Kingdom of Ryukyu; King Shō Nei travels to Edo.
  • 20 May 1610 (Keichō 15, the 27th day of the 3rd month): Toyotomi Hideyori came to Kyoto to visit the former-Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu; and the same day, the emperor announces his intention to resign in favor of his son Masahito.
  • 9 May 1611 (Keichō 16): Go-Yōzei abdicated; and his son received the succession (senso); and soon after, Emperor Go-Mizunoo's role as monarch is confirmed by ceremonies (sokui).
  • 1612 (Keichō 17): The oldest clock in Japan was received by Tokugawa Ieyasu as a gift from Philip V of Spain.
  • 1613 (Keichō 18): Hasekura Tsunenaga headed a diplomatic mission to the Americas and Europe.
  • 1614 (Keichō 19): Siege of Osaka.
  • 18 October 1614 (Keichō 19, 25th day of the 10th month): A strong earthquake shook Kyoto.
  • 1615 (Keichō 20): Osaka Summer Battle

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