Bunki was an era from 2/29 of 1501 to 2/30 of 1504 (based on the Japanese lunisolar calendar) in the Sengoku period.  The change from the prior era known as Meiō marked the beginning of the reign of Gokashiwabara who served as the 104th emperor from 1500 to 1526. Ashikaga Yoshizumi served as the shōgun of the Muromachi bakufu from 1495 to 1508.  It was also related to the sexagenary cycle, also known as the Stems-and-Branches or ganzhi, a cycle of sixty terms used for reckoning time in China and the rest of the East Asian cultural sphere that appeared as a means of recording days in the first Chinese written texts.  The fifty-eighth year of the cycle was theorized to represent a period of significant societal change, known as the shinyū-kakumei.

Notable births

In 1501, Miyoshi Motonaga, a bushō and deputy military governor of Yamashiro Province

Notable deaths

In 1501, Yanagiwara Suketsuna, a Court noble

In 1501, Jinbō Naganobu, the deputy military governor of Etchū Province

In 1502, Sōgi, a cultural artist known for practicing renga – a traditional linked-verse poetry from the Muromachi period