Japanese era from May 1818 to January 1831

Bunsei (文政) was a Japanese era name (年号,, nengō,, lit. "year name") after Bunka and before Tenpō. This period started in April 1818 and ended in December 1830.[1] During this time, the emperor was Ninkō-tennō (仁孝天皇).[2]

Events of the Bunsei era

Coins minted during the Bunsei era
  • 1822 (Bunsei 5): Edo was struck with 150 earthquake tremors over three days.[3]
  • 13 August 1830 (Bunsei 13, 25th day of the 6th month): Earthquake at Kyoto (Latitude: 35.000/Longitude: 136.000), no Richter scale magnitude can be inferred from the available data.[5]


  1. Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2005). "Bunsei" in Japan Encyclopedia, p. 92.
  2. Nussbaum, "Ninkō Tennō," p. 716.
  3. Hammer, Joshua. (2006). Yokohama Burning: The Deadly 1923 Earthquake and Fire that Helped Forge the Path to World War II, p. 63.
  4. Screech, Timon. (2006). Secret Memoirs of the Shoguns: Isaac Titsingh and Japan, 1779-1822, p. 73.
  5. U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), NOAA/Japan: Significant Earthquake Database. Retrieved 2011-12-13.

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