Genkō (second)

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Genkō (元弘) was a Japanese era name (年号, nengō, lit. year name) of the Southern Court during the Era of Northern and Southern Courts after Gentoku and before Kenmu. This period spanned the years from August 1331 through January 1334.[1] Reigning Emperors were Emperor Go-Daigo-Tennō (後醍醐天皇) in the south and Emperor Kōgon-Tennō (光厳天皇) in the north.

Events of the Genkō era[edit]

The oldest extant account of Buddhism in Japan, the Genkō Shakusho (元亨釈書), was completed in the Genkō era, whence the era name in its title. The massive project was the work of Kokan Shiren.[3]

Northern Court equivalents[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2005). "Genkō" in Japan encyclopedia, p. 238, p. 238, at Google Books; n.b., Louis-Frédéric is pseudonym of Louis-Frédéric Nussbaum, see Deutsche Nationalbibliothek Authority File.
  2. ^ Nussbaum, "Genkō no ran" at pp. 238–239, p. 238, at Google Books.
  3. ^ Nussbaum, "Genkō shakusho" at p. 239., p. 239, at Google Books


  • Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric and Käthe Roth. (2005). Japan encyclopedia. Cambridge: Harvard University Press. ISBN 978-0-674-01753-5; OCLC 58053128
  • Titsingh, Isaac. (1834). Nihon Ōdai Ichiran; ou, Annales des empereurs du Japon. Paris: Royal Asiatic Society, Oriental Translation Fund of Great Britain and Ireland. OCLC 5850691
  • Varley, H. Paul. (1980). A Chronicle of Gods and Sovereigns: Jinnō Shōtōki of Kitabatake Chikafusa. New York: Columbia University Press. ISBN 9780231049405; OCLC 6042764

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Preceded by
Era or nengō

Succeeded by