Eikan

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Eikan (永観?) was a Japanese era name (年号, nengō,?, lit. "year name") after Tengen and before Kanna. This period spanned the years from April 983 through April 985.[1] The reigning emperors were En'yu-tennō (円融天皇?) and Kazan-tennō (花山天皇?).[2]

Change of era[edit]

  • February 16, 983 Eikan gannen (永観元年?)]: The new era name was created to mark an event or a number of events. The previous era ended and a new one commenced in Tengen 6, on the 15th day of the 4th month of 983.[3]

Events of the Eikan era[edit]

  • October 6, 983 (Eikan 1, 27th day of the 8th month): In the 15th year of Emperor En'yu's reign (円融天皇15年), he abdicated; and the succession (‘‘senso’’) was received by a nephew. Shortly thereafter, Emperor Kazan is said to have acceded to the throne (‘‘sokui’’).[4]
  • 983 (Eikan 1, 8th month): Chōnen, the Buddhist monk of the Tendai school embarked on a voyage to China accompanied by 5 or 6 disciples.[5]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2005). "Eikan" in Japan Encyclopedia, p. 171, p. 171, at Google Books; n.b., Louis-Frédéric is pseudonym of Louis-Frédéric Nussbaum, see Deutsche Nationalbibliothek Authority File.
  2. ^ Titsingh, Isaac. (1834). Annales des empereurs du japon, pp. 144-148; Brown, Delmer et al. (1979). Gukanshō, p. 299-300; Varely, H. Paul. (1980). Jinnō Shōtōki, pp. 191-192.
  3. ^ Brown, p. 300.
  4. ^ Titsingh, p. 148; Brown, pp. 300; Varley, p. 44; a distinct act of senso is unrecognized prior to Emperor Tenji; and all sovereigns except Jitō, Yōzei, Go-Toba, and Fushimi have senso and sokui in the same year until the reign of Emperor Go-Murakami.
  5. ^ Iwao, Seiichi et al. (2002). Dictionnaire historique du Japon, Vol. 1, p. 304., p. 304, at Google Books

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Preceded by
Tengen
Era or nengō
Eikan

983–985
Succeeded by
Kanna