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Tenna 3 (天和三年)
Timeline of 1683
- 1683/5/17 The courtesan Yamatoya Ichinojô and her lover Goze no Chôemon commit suicide together in Osaka. Shortly afterward, inspired by the attention this event attracted among the populace, the first "love suicide" play (shinjû) to ever be performed on the kabuki stage is organized and performed.
- 1683/12/16 A fire breaks out damaging the Nakamura-za and Ichimura-za kabuki theatres.
Other Events of 1683
- The British ship Asia illegally visits Nagasaki harbor, in violation of maritime prohibitions.
- Buke Shohatto is reissued with some changes; the 1683 form is repromulgated several times over the course of the remainder of the Edo period with few changes.
- Chinese investiture mission arrives in Ryûkyû; Shô Tei is formally invested as King of Ryûkyû.
- Qing Dynasty forces under Shi Lang put an end to the rebellion of Ming loyalists based on Taiwan and officially claim control over the island.
- Shogunate prescribes the maximum size for wakizashi and katana, marking the end of the Kanbun-Shintô period of swordmaking.
- Tenshû and yagura of Matsuyama castle (Bitchu) which remain today are built.
- The shogunate arrests more than 300 illegal prostitutes in Edo, sending them to the Yoshiwara, denying them pay for five years.
Births and Deaths
- Kanô school painter Kanô Gyokuen is born (d. 1727).
- Miyagawa Chôshun, ukiyo-e artist, is born (d. 1753).
- Tansui Kenchû, first Ryukyuan Magistrate of Dance, dies (b. 1623).
- Watanabe Shikô is born (d. 1755).