Bunka 8 (文化八年)
Timeline of 1811
- 1811/1/27 Miyakejima erupts.
- 1811/5 Bansho Wage Goyô department for the translation of foreign books is established within the shogunate, with Tenmon gata Takahashi Kageyasu as its head.
- 1811/6 Russian captain Vasily Golovnin, along with 7 others of his party, are captured on Kunashir Island by samurai of Matsumae han. Golovnin is held for two years.
Other Events of 1811
- The Dutch East Indies fall to the British (returned to Dutch control 1816). For the next five years, the only place in the world flying the flag of the Netherlands is Dejima.
- Final Korean embassy journeys to Tsushima han, not making its way to "mainland" Japan.
Births and Deaths
- 1811/2/28 Sakuma Shôzan, politician and scholar, is born (d. 1864).
- James Bruce, 8th Earl of Elgin, British diplomat, is born (d. 1863).
- Artist Matsumura Goshun dies (b. 1752).
- Painter Sumiyoshi Hiroyuki dies (b. 1755).
- Zeng Guofan is born (d. 1872).