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Hōgen (保元 ?) was a Japanese era name (年号, nengō, ?, lit. "year name") after Kyūju and before Heiji. This period spanned the years from 1156 through 1159. The reigning emperors were Emperor Go-Shirakawa-tennō (後白河天皇 ?) and Emperor Nijō-tennō (二条天皇 ?).[1]


Change of era

  • January 24, 1156 Hōgen gannen (保元元年 ?): The new era name was created to mark an event or series of events. The previous era ended and a new one commenced in Kyūju 3, on the 24th day of the 4th month of 1156.[2]

Events of the Hōgen era

  • July 20, 1156 (Hōgen 1, 2nd day of the 7th month): Cloistered Emperor Toba-in died at age 54.[3]
  • July 28–August 16, 1156 (Hōgen 1, 10th-29th days of the 7th month): The Hōgen Rebellion,[4] also known as the Hōgen Insurrection or the Hōgen War.
  • 1156 (Hōgen 1, 9th month): The naidaijin Fujiwara Saneyoshi was named sadaijin. The dainagon Fujiwara Koremichi became naidaijin. After the was, tranquility was restored throughout the empire; and the emperor himself was in charge of the government. A special building was constructed in Kyoto, where -- as in the days of Emperor Go-Sanjo, requests and complaints were received and examined.[5]
  • 1157 (Hōgen 2, 8th month): Sanjō Saneyuki was dismissed from his position as daijō-daijin; and in the same month, the sadaijin Saneyoshi died. The udaijin Fujiwara no Munesuke was made daijō-daijin. The naidaijin Koremichi was made sadaijin. Fujiwara no Moresane, who was the 15-year-old son of son of kampaku Fujiwara no Tadamichi, became udaijin. The dainagon Sanjō Kinori, who was the son of Saneyuki, obtained the position of naidaijin.[5]
  • 1157 (Hōgen 2, 10th month): The foundations are laid for a grand audience hall (dairi) in the palace. Three had not been such a structure within the palace compound since the time of Emperor Shirakawa.[5]
  • August 6, 1158 (Hōgen 3, 11th day of the 8th month): In the 3rd year of Go-Shirakawa's reign (後白河天皇25年), the emperor abdicated; and the succession (‘‘senso’’) was received by his eldest son.[6]
  • 1158 (Hōgen 4, 8th month): Emperor Nijō is said to have acceded to the throne (‘‘sokui’’).[7]


  1. ^ Titsingh, Isaac. (1834). Annales des emepereurs du japon, pp. 188-194; Brown, Delmer et al. (1979). Gukanshō, pp. 326-329; Varley, H. Paul. (1980). Jinnō Shōtōki, pp. 205-212.
  2. ^ Brown, p. 327.
  3. ^ Brown, p. 321; Kitagawa, H. (1975). The Tale of the Heike, p.783.
  4. ^ Kitagawa, p. 783.
  5. ^ a b c Titsingh, p. 190.
  6. ^ Titsingh, p. 190; Brown, p. 327; Varley, p. 44, 209. [A distinct act of senso is unrecognized prior to Emperor Tenji; and all sovereigns except Jitō, Yōzei, Go-Toba, and Fushimi have senso and sokui in the same year until the reign of Emperor Go-Murakami.]
  7. ^ Titsingh, p. 191.


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