Great Fire of Meireki
The fire destroyed more than half of the city of Edo in March 1657.
The fire lasted for more than one day:
- March 2–3, 1657 (Meireki 3, 18th-19th days of the 1st month): The city of Edo was destroyed by the "Great Fire of Meireki".
An estimated 100,000 lives were lost.
Edo was soon re-built.
- In the name "Great Fire of Meireki" the noun "Meireki" refers to the nengō (Japanese era name) after Jōō and before Manji. In other words, the major fire occurred during Meireki, which was a time period which started in April 1655 and ended in July 1658..
- Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2002). "Meireki no Taika" in Japan encyclopedia, p. 625.
- Titsingh, Isaac. (1834). Annales des empereurs du japon, p. 413.
- Nussbaum, "Kawamura Zuiken" in Japan encyclopedia, p. 498.
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