Tengen (era)

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Tengen (天元?) was a Japanese era (年号 nengō?, "year name") after Jōgen and before Eikan. This period spanned the years from November 978 through April 983.[1] The reigning emperor was En'yū-tennō (円融天皇?).[2]

Change of era[edit]

  • February 20, 978 Tengen gannen (天元元年?): 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 Jōgen 3, on the 15th day of the 4th month of 976.[3]

Events of the Tengen era[edit]


  1. ^ Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2005). "Tengen" in Japan Encyclopedia, p. 958, p. 958, 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. ^ a b Titisingh, p. 146.


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Preceded by
Era or nengō

Succeeded by