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Eichō (永長 ?) was a Japanese era (年号, nengō, ?, lit. "year name") after Kahō and before Jōtoku. This period spanned the years from 1096 through 1097. The reigning emperor was Emperor Horikawa-tennō (嘉保天皇 ?).[1]


Change of Era

  • Jqanuary 28, 1096 Eichō gannen (永長元年 ?): The new era name was created to mark an event or series of events. The previous era ended and the new one commenced in Kahō 3, on the 17th day of the 12th month of 1096.[2]

Events of the Eichō Era

  • 1096 (Eichō 1): The kampaku Fujiwara Moromichi was raised to the second rank of the first class[3]
  • 1096 (Eichō 1): During the summer, a series of great dengaku dance performances unfolded in the streets and in open areas near the city. The participants were drawn from the aristocracy and from the common people; and even the former emperor joined along with members of the Imperial court.[4]


  1. ^ Titsingh, Isaac. (1834). Annales des empereurs du Japon, pp. 172-176; Brown, Delmer et al. (1979). Gukanshō, p. 319; Varley, H. Paul. (1980). Jinnō Shōtōki, p. 202.
  2. ^ Brown, p. 319.
  3. ^ Titsingh, p. 176.
  4. ^ Titsingh, p. 176; Waseda/Tsubouchi Memorial Theatre Museum, Dengaku.


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Preceded by
Era or nengō

Succeeded by


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