Great Tenmei Fire

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The Great Tenmei Fire was a fire which broke out in the Kyoto Imperial Palace on 1788/1/29 and grew to engulf roughly 90% of the city.[1]

Not only a great many homes and shops, but also Nijô castle and many Buddhist temples, Shinto shrines, and other significant sites suffered severe damage in this fire. Still today a great many buildings at temples, shrines, and other historical sites in the city date from the subsequent rebuilding after this fire.


  1. Ono Masako, Tomita Chinatsu, Kanna Keiko, Taguchi Megumi, "Shiryô shôkai Kishi Akimasa bunko Satsuyû kikô," Shiryôhenshûshitsu kiyô 31 (2006), 230.
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