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Tenmei 4 (天明四年)
Timeline of 1784
- 1784/2/23 Jinbei finds a seal supposed to have been sent from Han China to an autonomous, early Japanese kingdom called Na. The seal was found on Shiga Island in Fukuoka.
- 1784/2/28 Farmers in Tama county (Musashi) attack rice dealers.(Bushû Murayama riot)
- 1784/3/24 Tanuma Okitomo stabbed by Sano Zenzaemon in Edo castle.
- 1784/4/1 The former kamuro to Utahime of the Matsubaya teahouse debuts as Segawa VII.
- 1784/4 The Yoshiwara burns down.
- 1784/4 Financial difficulties force the Ichimura-za kabuki theatre to close. It is demolished by the sixth month.
- 1784/10/18 Kiri Chôkiri is formally granted permission to run a temporarily licensed kabuki theatre for five years. The empty plot upon which the Ichimura-za had stood is fenced in, and banners are erected declaring the site the Kiri-za.
- 1784/10/22 The yagura denoting the Kiri-za as a licensed theatre is erected.
- 1784/11 The Kiri-za kabuki theatre opens in Edo, temporarily holding the Ichimura-za's license. The kaomise performance is the play Jûni-hitoe Komachi-zakura, one dance drama section of which, Seki no To is still often performed today.
- 1784/11/12 Farmers riots in Matsushiro han.(Shinano)
Other Events of 1784
- Catholic Church is officially established in Korea.
- Fourth Anglo-Dutch War, begun in 1780, ends.
- Chiba Ryuboku holds an ikebana convention in Asakusa (Edo).
- Egoyomi (picture calendars) are banned from public sale, and are only allowed to be produced on commission.
- The Empress of China departs New York bound for Canton. It is the first American ship to travel from the United States to China, and carries the first official representative of the US government to travel to China.
- Tenugui design competition in Ueno (Edo).
- Isaac Titsingh is succeeded by Hendrik Casper Romberg as opperhoofd in Dejima.
- The Ryûkyû kariya in Satsuma han is renamed the Ryûkyû-kan, and the post of kariya-no-kami renamed kikiyaku.
- A famine strikes in Ryûkyû.
Births and Deaths
- 1784/2/1 Shô On of Ryûkyû is born (d. 1802).
- Ike Gyokuran, bijinga painter and wife of Ike no Taiga, dies (b. 1727).
- Onoe Kikugorô III is born (d. 1849).
- Ryukyuan painter Shô Genko is born (d. 1841).