Shōka (era)

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Shōka (正嘉) was a Japanese era name (年号,, nengō,, lit. "year name") after Kōgen and before Shōgen. This period spanned the years from March 1257 to March 1259.[1] The reigning emperor was Go-Fukakusa-tennō (後深草天皇).[2]

Change of era[edit]

  • 1257 Shōka gannen (正嘉元年): 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 Kōgen 2.

Events of the Shōka era[edit]

  • 1257 (Shōka 1): A major epidemic.[3]


  1. ^ Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2005). "Shōka" in Japan Encyclopedia, p. 882, p. 882, 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. 248-255; Varley, H. Paul. (1980). Jinnō Shōtōki. p. 231-232.
  3. ^ Lee, Sherman E. (1983). Reflections of Reality in Japanese Art, p. 227.


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Preceded by
Era or nengō

Succeeded by