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Kenryaku (建暦 ?) was a Japanese era name (年号, nengō, ?, lit. "year name") after Jōgen and before Kempo. This period spanned the years from March 1211 through December 1213.[1] The reigning emperor was Juntoku-tennō (順徳天皇 ?).[2]


Change of era

  • 1211 Kenryaku gannen (建暦元年 ?): The new era name was created because the previous era ended and a new one commenced in Jōgen 2, on the 9th day of the 3rd month of 1211.[3]

Events of the Kenryaku era

  • 1211 (Kenryaku 1, 1st month): Shogun Sanetomo's position at court was raised to the 1st rank of the 3rd class.[4]
  • 1211 (Kenryaku 1, 1st month): The Buddhist priest Hōnen returned to Kyoto from a period of exile. He was the founder and guiding force behind the early development of the Sennyuji (泉涌寺, senyō-ji ?) temple-complex.[4]
  • January 12, 1212 (Kenryaku 1, 20th day of the 12th month): The Buddhist priest Hōnen died at age 80, mere days after drafted a brief, written summary of his life teachings. This last written document is known as the One-Sheet Document (ichimai-kishomon).[5]
  • 1212 (Kenryaku 1, 16th day of the 1st month): The former-Senior High Priest Jien (1155-1225) was appointed Tendai Abbot by Imperial Mandate. He would administer Mt. Hiei for one year before yielding the position on the 11th day of the 1st month of 1213.[6]


  1. ^ Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2005). "Kenryaku" in Japan encyclopedia, p. 510; n.b., Louis-Frédéric is pseudonym of Louis-Frédéric Nussbaum, see Deutsche Nationalbibliothek Authority File.
  2. ^ Titsingh, Isaac. (1834). Annales des empereurs du Japon, pp. 230-238; Brown, Delmer et al. (1979). Gukanshō, pp. 341-343; Varley, H. Paul. (1980). Jinnō Shōtōki. pp. 221-223.
  3. ^ Brown, p. 341.
  4. ^ a b Titsingh, p. 230.
  5. ^ Titsigh, p. 231; Jodo Shu web site
  6. ^ Brown, p. 342.


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