Tenna 4 (天和四年) / Jôkyô 1 (貞享元年)
Timeline of 1684
- 1684/2 Shogunate issues edict proscribing mourning periods.
- 1684/2 Kawamura Zuiken performs construction work on the Yodogawa, including flood prevention works.
- 1684/2/1 Takemoto-za puppet theatre founded in Osaka.
- 1684/2/16 Mt. Mihara erupts.
- 1684/2/21 The Jôkyô era begins.
- 1684/2/27 Bakufu orders Fudai daimyô in the Kantô region to perform Sankin Kôtai every 6 months.
- 1684/6/5 Ihara Saikaku composes 23,500 verses of renga poetry in a single 24-hour period at the Sumiyoshi Shrine in Osaka.
- 1684/7/11 Kanjin Sumo at Eitai-ji.
- 1684/8/28 Inaba Masayasu kills Hotta Masatoshi in Edo castle.
- 1684/10 The Senmyôreki calendar system in place since 862 is replaced with the Jôkyôreki system.
- 1684/12/1 Shibukawa Harumi is appointed Tenmon gata, a shogunate post in charge of calendar revision.
Other Events of 1684
- The shogunate cracks down on yomiuri news-singers, forbidding them from singing the news in the streets, and banning the production of their news-papers. The ban is not very successful, though, as it is repeated again in 1698, 1703, 1713, 1721, and 1722.
- The Qing open Customs Houses in select ports, implicitly granting permission for merchants to engage in overseas trade.
Births and Deaths
- 1684/8/28 Tairô Hotta Masatoshi (b. 1634) killed by his cousin Inaba Masayasu.
- Tamagusuku Chôkun, founder of kumi odori, is born (d. 1734).
- Tokugawa Yoshimune is born (d. 1751).