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Kyōhō (享保 ) was a Japanese era name (年号, , nengō,, lit. "year name") after Shōtoku and before Gembun. This period started in July 1716 and ended in April 1736. During this time, the emperors were Nakamikado-tennō (中御門天皇 ) and Sakuramachi-tennō (桜町天皇 ).

Events of the Kyōhō era

Koishikawa Botanical Gardens, Tokyo - sweet potato monument
Monument to Konyo Aoki who introduced sweet potatoes to Japan in the 20th year of Kyōhō
  • 1717 (Kyōhō 2): Kyōhō reforms are directed and overseen by Shogun Yoshimune.
  • 1718 (Kyōhō 3): The bakufu repaired the Imperial tombs.
  • 1718 (Kyōhō 3, 8th month): Shogunate creates a petition-box (目安箱 , meyasubako) in Heian-kyō (Kyoto).
  • 1721 (Kyōhō 6): Edo population of 1.1 million makes it the world's largest city.
  • 3 August 1730 (Kyōhō 15, 20th day of the 6th month): A fire destroyed 3,790 houses in Heian-kyō.
  • 1732 (Kyōhō 17): Locusts eat crops in areas around the inland sea.
  • 24 September 1732 (Kyōhō 17, 24th day of the 9th month): Former-Emperor Reigen died.
  • 1733 (Kyōhō 18): Ginseng grown in Japan begins to be available in the Japanese food markets.
  • 13 April 1735 (Kyōhō 20, 21st day of the 3rd month) : Nakamikado abdicated; and the succession passed to his son (senso). Soon after, Empress Sakuamachi's role as monarch was confirmed by ceremonies (sokui).
  • 1735 (Kyōhō 20): Sweet potatoes were introduced into the Japanese diet.

Noteworty coins were minted during this era, including the gold ōban and koban.

Related pages

  • National Diet Library, "The Japanese Calendar" -- historical overview plus illustrative images from library's collection
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