Kanbun 4 (寛文四年)
Timeline of 1664
- 1664/3/27 Bakufu Mizuno Jûrozaemon to commit seppuku.
- 1664/6/5 The shogunate officially recognizes the adoption of Uesugi Tsunanori, son of Kira Yoshinaka, into Uesugi clan to become daimyô of Yonezawa han. The domain is reduced by half, however.
- 1664/8/4 Farmers of a village in Kai province run away for heavy taxation.
- 1664/11/28 About 30 farmers in Saijô han get executed for refusing heavy taxation.
- 1664/12/7 Yagyû Munefuyu teaches kenjutsu to Shogun Ietsuna.
Other Events of 1664
- Chatan-Eso Affair - A ship carrying tribute from Ryûkyû to Qing China is attacked by Ryukyuan pirates; Envoy Eso Ueekata abandons the ship & cargo, while other members of the crew decide, after fending off the pirates, to keep the goods for themselves.
- Danna-dera system is imposed, under which all Japanese are mandated to register with a temple.
- Hinin no Katakiuchi, the first two-act kabuki play, debuts. The playwright is, for the first time in kabuki, publicly credited with having written a play.
- The shogunate undertakes an inspection tour of the Kantô.
- The shogunate bans wigs from the kabuki stage.
- The term shibai is first applied to kabuki.
Births and Deaths of 1664
- 1664/int.5/7 Uesugi Tsunakatsu (b. 1639), daimyô of Yonezawa, dies with no heir.
- Kyan Chikudun, a member of the crew of a Ryukyuan tribute vessel, is killed by his shipmates to cover up their crimes.