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
- 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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