Genna 4 (元和四年)
Timeline of 1618
- 1618/11 The Moto-Yoshiwara is established as the first licensed pleasure quarter in Edo.
Other Events of 1618
- Kanô Naonobu becomes head of the Kanô school, upon the death of his father.
- Ming defenses along the northern borders of China are overrun by Manchu forces.
- Shimabara castle is completed.
- Tokugawa Hidetada officially recognizes the Kita school, expanding the formally accepted schools of Noh to five.
- The VOC founds the city of Batavia and establishes their base in Java there.
Births and Deaths
- Hayashi Gahô is born (d. 1680).
- Kakizaki Yoshihiro, founder of the Matsumae clan, dies (b. 1550).
- Kang Hang dies (b. 1567).
- Kanô Takanobu, head of the Kanô school, dies (b. 1571).
- Maeda Toshiharu, lord of Kaga, is born (d. 1660).
- Ukiyo-e artist Hishikawa Moronobu is born (d. 1694).
- Nabeshima Naoshige, first daimyô of Arita han, dies (b. 1538).
- Painter Unkoku Tôgan dies (b. 1547).
- Yamazaki Ansai is born (d. 1682).