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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 Kemmu. 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

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

Northern Court Equivalents

See also


  1. ^ Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2005). "Genkō" in Japan encyclopedia, p. 238; n.b., Louis-Frédéric is pseudonym of Louis-Frédéric Nussbaum, see Deutsche Nationalbibliothek Authority File.
  2. ^ Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2005). "Genkō no ran" in Japan encyclopedia, pp. 238-239.
  3. ^ Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2005). "Genkō" in Japan encyclopedia, p. 239.
  4. ^ Nussbaum, "Genkō" in Japan encyclopedia, p. 238; n.b., the general term for two attempts to invade Japan by Mongolian and Korean forces -- [[nihongo|Mongol invasions of Japan|元寇|Genkō}} -- encompasses both Bun'ei no ran in 1274 and Kōan no ran in 1281.


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