An'ei 8 (安永八年)
Timeline of 1779
- 1779/1 Shogunate bans the circulation of nanryôni (pure silver) coinage, beginning the circulation of gold-silver alloyed coins.
- 1779/9/1 Sakurajima erupts.
- 1779/11/9 Emperor Kôkaku succeeds Emperor Go-Momozono to the Imperial throne.
Other Events of 1779
- Adherents of the Fuji-kô sect first begin building mini-Fuji in Edo.
- Works by Katsukawa Shunrô, the artist who will later be known as Hokusai, are published for the first time.
- Rangaku scholar Hiraga Gennai is arrested and imprisoned for killing a disciple of his in a fit of rage.
- The shogunate establishes the geisha kenban, and all geisha of the Yoshiwara are registered.
- Shimazu Shigehide establishes the Meiji-kan (later known as Tenmonkan).
- Isaac Titsingh becomes opperhoofd in Dejima.
Births and Deaths
- Emperor Go-Momozono dies.
- Jan Cock Blumhoff is born (d. 1853).
- Rôjû Matsudaira Takechika dies (b. 1714).