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Kentoku (建徳) was a "Japanese era of the Southern Court during the "Era of Northern and Southern Courts after "Shōhei and before "Bunchū, lasting from July 1370 to April 1372.[1] Reigning Emperors were "Chōkei in the south and "Go-En'yū in the north.


Nanboku-chō overview[edit]

The Imperial seats during the Nanboku-chō period were in relatively close proximity, but geographically distinct. They were conventionally identified as:

During the "Meiji period, an Imperial decree dated March 3, 1911 established that the legitimate reigning monarchs of this period were the direct descendants of "Emperor Go-Daigo through "Emperor Go-Murakami, whose Southern Court (南朝, nanchō) had been established in exile in "Yoshino, near Nara.[2]

Until the end of the "Edo period, the militarily superior pretender-Emperors supported by the "Ashikaga shogunate had been mistakenly incorporated in Imperial chronologies despite the undisputed fact that the "Imperial Regalia were not in their possession.[2]

This illegitimate "Northern Court (北朝, hokuchō) had been established in "Kyoto by "Ashikaga Takauji.[2]

Change of era[edit]

Events of the Kentoku Era[edit]

Northern Court Equivalents[edit]


  1. ^ Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2005). "Kentoku" in Japan encyclopedia, p. 510; n.b., Louis-Frédéric is pseudonym of Louis-Frédéric Nussbaum, see Deutsche Nationalbibliothek Authority File Archived 2012-05-24 at "Archive.is.
  2. ^ a b c Thomas, Julia Adeney. (2001). Reconfiguring modernity: concepts of nature in Japanese political ideology, p. 199 n57, citing Mehl, Margaret. (1997). History and the State in Nineteenth-Century Japan. p. 140-147.


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