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Entoku (延徳) was a Japanese era name (年号, nengō, "year name") after Chōkyō and before Meio. This period spanned the years from August 1489 through July 1492.[1] The reigning emperor was Go-Tsuchimikado-tennō (後土御門天皇).[2]

Change of era[edit]

  • 1489 Entoku gannen (延徳元年): The era name was changed to mark an event or a number of events. The old era ended and a new one commenced in Chōkyō 3.

Events of the Entoku era[edit]

  • April 26, 1489 (Entoku 1, 26th day of the 3rd month): The shōgun Yoshihisa died at age 25 while leading a military campaign in Ōmi Province. He had led the shogunate for 18 years. His father, the former Shogun Yoshimasa, was strongly afflicted by his death; and because of this unanticipated development, he was moved to reconcile with his brother, Yoshimi.[3]
  • January 27, 1490 (Entoku 2, 7th day of the 1st month): The former shōgun Yoshimasa died at age 56.[3]
  • 1490 (Entoku 2, 7th month): Ashikaga Yoshimura (known as Ashikaga Yoshitane after 1501),[4] nephew of Yoshimasa, is proclaimed as shōgun at age 25.[3]


  1. ^ Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2005). "Entoku" in Japan encyclopedia, p. 182; n.b., Louis-Frédéric is pseudonym of Louis-Frédéric Nussbaum, see Deutsche Nationalbibliothek Authority File[permanent dead link].
  2. ^ Titsingh, Isaac. (1834). Annales des empereurs du Japon, pp. 352–364.
  3. ^ a b c Titsingh, p. 361.
  4. ^ Titsigh, p. 364; n.b., this son of Yoshimi was named Yoshimura until 1501 when he changed his name to Yoshitane, and it is this name by which he will be more commonly recognized after his death.


  • Nussbaum, Louis Frédéric and Käthe Roth. (2005). Japan Encyclopedia. Cambridge: Harvard University Press. ISBN 978-0-674-01753-5; OCLC 48943301
  • Titsingh, Isaac. (1834). Nihon Ōdai Ichiran; ou, Annales des empereurs du Japon. Paris: Royal Asiatic Society, Oriental Translation Fund of Great Britain and Ireland. OCLC 5850691.

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Preceded by
Era or nengō

Succeeded by