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Kengen (乾元) was a Japanese era name (年号,, nengō,, lit. "year name") after Shōan and before Kagen. This period spanned the years from November 1302 through August 1303.[1] The reigning emperor was Go-Nijō-tennō (後二条天皇).[2]

Change of era[edit]

  • 1302 Kengen gannen (乾元元年): The new era name was created to mark an event or a number of events. The previous era ended and a new one commenced in Shōan 4.

Events of the Kengen era[edit]

  • 1302 (Kengen 1, 16th day of the 6th month):Emperor Go-Nijo visited the home of retired Emperor Kameyama.[3]
  • 1302 (Kengen 1): Major repairs and reconstruction at Yakushi-ji.[4]


  1. ^ Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2005). "Kengen" in Japan Encyclopedia, p. 508, p. 508, at Google Books; n.b., Louis-Frédéric is pseudonym of Louis-Frédéric Nussbaum, see Deutsche Nationalbibliothek Authority File Archived 2012-05-24 at
  2. ^ Titsingh, Isaac. (1834). Annales des empereurs du japon, p. 275-278; Varley, H. Paul. (1980). Jinnō Shōtōki. p. 239.
  3. ^ Perkins, George W. (1998). The Clear Mirror: a Chronicle of the Japanese Court During the Kamakura period (1185-1333), p. 150., p. 150., at Google Books
  4. ^ Pier, Garrett Chatfield. (1914). Temple treasures of Japan, p. 95., p. 95, 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 Odai 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 978-0-231-04940-5; OCLC 6042764

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Preceded by
Era or nengō

Succeeded by