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


Change of era

  • February 16, 983 Eikan gannen (永観元年 ?); 983: 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.[2]

Events of the Eikan era

  • 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’’).[3]


  1. ^ 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.
  2. ^ Brown, p. 300.
  3. ^ 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.]


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Preceded by
Era or nengō

Succeeded by


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