Kyoto in History

Historical Events

  • 0794-10-22 Emperor Kanmu relocates Japanese capital to Heiankyo (now Kyoto).
  • 1326-12-08 Daitokuji temple, Rinzai line, established in Kyoto by Daito Kokushi
  • 1536-08-13 Buddhist monks from Kyōto's Enryaku Temple set fire to 21 Nichiren temples throughout Kyoto in the Tenbun Hokke Disturbance. (Traditional Japanese date: July 27, 1536).
  • 1582-06-21 The Incident at Honnō-ji takes place in Kyoto, Japan
  • 1601-10-21 Memorial service for Daitokuji's Shinju held for Ikkyu Sojun in Kyoto
  • 1864-07-08 The Shinsengumi sabotage the Choshu-han shishi's planned attack on Kyoto, Japan at Ikedaya. This event is known as Ikedaya Jiken.
  • 1935-12-08 The Japanese military police launches a violent suppression of the religious sect Oomoto, beginning with a crackdown on the sect's operational bases of Ayabe and Kameoka in Kyoto Prefecture and the arrest of its leader Onisaburo Deguchi.
  • 1950-07-02 Kinkaku-ji, a Zen Buddihst temple in Kyoto, Japan, burns down
  • 1997-12-11 Delegates from 150 industrial nations attending a UN climate conference in Kyoto, Japan, reach agreement to control heat-trapping greenhouse gases

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1998-11-12 Vice President of the United States Al Gore symbolically signs the Kyoto Protocol.

45th Vice President of the United States Al Gore
45th Vice President of the United States
Al Gore
  • 2001-11-10 An agreement is reached at talks in Marrakech, Morocco, on rules for implementation of the Kyoto climate change treaty
  • 2002-05-23 The "55 parties" clause of the Kyoto protocol is reached after its ratification by Iceland
  • 2004-11-18 Russia officially ratifies the Kyoto Protocol.
  • 2005-02-16 The Kyoto Protocol comes into force following its ratification by Russia.
  • 2012-12-08 UN climate conference agrees to extend the Kyoto Protocol to 2020
  • 2019-07-18 Arson attack on animated studio Kyoto Animation Co in Kyoto, Japan, kills at least 33

Famous Birthdays

  • 0867-06-10 Uda, 59th Emperor of Japan (887-897), born in Kyōto, Japan (d. 931)
  • 1034-09-03 Emperor Go-Sanjō of Japan, 71st emperor of Japan, born in Kyoto, Japan (d. 1073)
  • 1155-05-17 Jien, Japanese poet and historian, born in Kyoto (d. 1225)
  • 1178-12-22 Emperor Antoku of Japan, born in Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan (d. 1185)
  • 1180-08-06 Go-Toba, 82nd Emperor of Japan, born in Kyōto, Japan (d. 1239)
  • 1288-11-26 Go-Daigo, 96th Emperor of Japan (1318-39), born in Kyōto, Japan (d. 1339)
  • 1358-09-25 Ashikaga Yoshimitsu, Japanese shogun, born in Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan (d. 1408)
  • 1407-08-27 Ashikaga Yoshikazu, 5th Japanese shōgun of the Ashikaga shogunate, born in Kyoto, Japan (d. 1425)
  • 1465-12-11 Ashikaga Yoshihisa, Japanese 9th shōgun of the Ashikaga shogunate, born in Kyoto, Japan (d. 1489)
  • 1476-08-29 Kanō Motonobu, Japanese painter (Kanō school of painting), born in Kyoto, Japan
  • 1596-06-29 Emperor Go-Mizunoo, 108th Emperor of Japan, born in Kyoto, Japan (d. 1680)
  • 1602-03-04 Kanō Tan'yū [Kanō Morinobu], Japanese painter (palaces, portraits), born in Kyōto, Japan (d. 1674)
  • 1633-04-20 Emperor Go-Kōmyō, 110th emperor of Japan, born in Kyoto, Japan (d. 1654)
  • 1654-07-09 Emperor Reigen, 112th Emperor of Japan, born in Kyoto, Japan (d. 1732)
  • 1702-01-14 Nakamikado Emperor of Japan, born in Kyoto, Japan (d. 1737)
  • 1741-04-14 Emperor Momozono, 116th Emperor of Japan, born in Kyoto, Japan (d. 1762)
  • 1927-11-07 Hiroshi Yamauchi, Japanese businessman (President of Nintendo, 1949-2003, owner of Seattle Mariners), born in Kyoto, Japan (d. 2013)
  • 1932-03-31 Nagisa Oshima, director (Town of Love & Hope), born in Kyoto, Japan (d. 2013)
  • 1942-01-27 Tasuku Honjo, Japanese immunologist (Nobel Prize for medicine 2018), born in Kyoto, Japan
  • 1946-11-01 Yuko Shimizu, Japanese illustrator (creator of Hello Kitty), born in Kyoto, Japan
  • 1947-01-18 Sachio Kinugasa, Japanese baseman nicknamed Tetsujin, meaning "Iron Man", born in Kyoto, Japan (d. 2018)

Person of interestHaruki Murakami

1949-01-12 Haruki Murakami, Japanese writer (Norwegian Wood), born in Kyoto, Japan

  • 1953-05-25 Stan Sakai, Japanese-American cartoonist (Usagi Yojimbo), born in Kyoto, Japan
  • 1965-05-24 Shinichirō Watanabe, Japanese anime director (Samurai Champloo), born in Kyoto, Japan
  • 1967-01-22 Manabu Nakanishi, Japanese wrestler (NJPW), born in Kyoto, Japan
  • 1970-05-25 Satsuki Yukino, Japanese voice actor, born in Kyoto, Japan
  • 1970-09-28 Kimiko Date, tennis star (1996 Japan Open), born in Kyoto, Japan
  • 1972-07-05 Tatsuhito Takaiwa, Zainichi-Korean wrestler (NJPW), born in Kyoto, Japan
  • 1973-04-16 Bonnie Pink, Japanese singer and songwriter, born in Nantan, Kyoto, Japan
  • 1975-02-06 Tomoko Kawase, Japanese singer, born in Kyoto, Japan
  • 1975-12-25 Hideki Okajima, Japanese baseball player, born in Kyoto Prefecture, Japan
  • 1984-10-13 Misono, Japanese singer (Day After Tomorrow), born in Kyoto, Japan

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding of Interest

2006-01-22 Princess of Rock and Roll Lisa Marie Presley (37) weds American guitarist and producer Michael Lockwood (44) at Kyoto, Japan

Princess of Rock and Roll Lisa Marie Presley
Princess of Rock and Roll
Lisa Marie Presley

Famous Deaths

  • 1481-11-21 Ikkyu Sojun, Zen head of Daitokuji temple, dies in Kyoto, Japan at 87
  • 1937-12-22 Daito Kokushi, Zen founder of Daitokuji, dies in Kyoto at 55
  • 1990-11-24 Nistani Keiji, philosopher, dies in Kyoto Japan