Kanbun (寛文), also romanized as Kambun, was a Japanese era (年号,, nengō,, lit. “year name”) after Manji and before Enpō. This period started in April 1661 and ended in September 1673. During this time, the emperors were Go-Sai-tennō (後西天皇) and Reigen-tennō (霊元天皇).
- 20 March 1662 (Kanbun 2, 1st day of the 2nd month): Earthquake in Heian-kyō (Kyoto) destroyed the tomb of Toyotomi Hideyoshi.
- 1620 (Kanbun 2): Tosa Hiromichi 土佐広通 (1561–1633) was ordered by the emperor to change his name to Sumiyoshi Jokei (住吉如慶).
- 5 March 1663 (Kanbun 3, 26th day of the 1st month): Emperor Go-sai abdicated; and his younger brother received the succession (senso). Soon after, Emperor Reigen ‘s role as monarch was confirmed by ceremonies (sokui).
- 6 June 1663 (Kanbun 3, 1st day of the 5th month): An earthquake struck in Ōmi Province.
- 1668 (Kanbun 8, 1st day of the 2nd month): A major fire in Edo lasted 45 days.
- 1670 (Kanbun 10): The Bonin Islands were discovered by the Ogasawara clan.