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Shōryaku (正暦 ?) was a Japanese era name (年号, nengō, ?, lit. "year name") after Eiso and before Chōtoku. This period spanned the years from 990 through 995. The reigning emperor was Ichijō-tennō (一条天皇 ?).[1]


Change of era

  • 990 Shōryaku gannen (正暦元年 ?): 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 Eiso 3, on the 7th day of the 11th month of 990.[2]

Events of the Shōryaku era

  • March 1, 991 (Shōryaku 2, on the 12th day of the 2nd month): The former-Emperor En'yū died at the age of 33.[3]
  • 992 (Shōryaku 3): Nara Governor Kujō Kanetoshi constructed a new temple complex named Shoryaku-ji in response to an Imperial edict.[4]


  1. ^ Titsingh, Isaac. (1834). Annales des empereurs du japon, pp. 150-152; Brown, Delmer et al. (1979). Gukanshō, p. 302-307; Varley, H. Paul. (1980). Jinnō Shōtōki, pp. 192-195.
  2. ^ Brown, p. 305.
  3. ^ Titsingh, p. 151; Brown, p. 305.
  4. ^ Nara tourism official site/Shoryaku-ji



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Gregorian 990 991 992 993 994 995

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