Genroku 16 (元禄十六年)
Timeline of 1703
- Genroku 15/12/14 (30 January 1703) - Forty-seven former retainers of the late Asano Naganori attack the mansion of Kira Yoshinaka.
- 1703/1/5 Shogun Tokugawa Tsunayoshi visits the mansion of Yanagisawa Yoshiyasu; Yoshiyasu's retainers perform or demonstrate a dialogue in spoken Chinese before the shogun.
- 1703/2/13 Tsunayoshi visits Yanagisawa Yoshiyasu at his mansion. Kuraoka Bunjirô presents a lecture, in Chinese, on the Great Learning (Daxue). Ogyû Sorai provides interpretation into Japanese.
- 1703/4 The real-life events upon which Sonezaki shinjû are based, occur.
- 1703/5/7 Sonezaki shinjû, an overnight (ichiyazuke) play by Chikamatsu Monzaemon, debuts.
- 1703/7 Bakufu bans Tsuji-Sumo and Tsuji-Odori.
- 1703/10 Muro Kyusô publishes Akô Gijin Roku.
- 1703/11/23 Big earthquakes and floods strike Musashi, Sagami, Awa, and Kazusa provinces, and ignite the "Great Genroku Fire" in Edo.
Other Events of 1703
- Senbakoki is invented.
- The shogunate reissues a ban on the representation of contemporary events in kabuki and ningyô jôruri.
- A shogunal ban on yomiuri news-singers and news-papers is re-issued.
Births and Deaths of 1703
- Genroku 15/12/15 (31 January 1703) Kira Yoshinaka is killed (b. 1641).
- 1703/2/4 Forty-six of the 47 Ronin commit seppuku.
- Yanagisawa Kien is born (d. 1758).