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Tenmei 8 (天明八年)
Timeline of 1788
- 1788/1/29 Great Tenmei Fire ravages Kyoto.
- 1788/3 Ishikawamon of Kanazawa castle is built.
- 1788/3 Matsumae Bunkyô, son of the daimyo of Matsumae han, buys out the contract of Segawa VII of the Matsubaya teahouse for 500 ryô.
- 1788/4 Segawa VIII debuts.
- 1788/4/23 Shiba Kôkan departs Edo for Nagasaki.
- 1788/9/20 Kôkan arrives in Nagasaki.
- 1788/9/26 Kôkan sneaks into Dejima.
- 1788/10 Tay Son Rebellion: Le Chieu Thong, emperor of Vietnam's Le Dynasty, retakes Dong Kinh with the help of Qing Dynasty forces.
Other Events of 1788
- Chinese individuals arrive in Hawaii for the first time.
- Rangaku kaitei, a primer on Dutch studies, is published. It is the first unsuppressed publication & circulation in Japan of a book containing Dutch writing.
- Ryûkyû zatsuwa is published.
Births and Deaths
- Arashi Rikan II is born (d. 1837).
- Basil Hall is born (d. 1844).
- Ichikawa Danzô V is born (d. 1845).
- Artist Kikuchi Yôsai is born (d. 1879).
- Tanuma Okitsugu dies (b. 1719).
- Artist Toriyama Sekien dies (b. 1712).