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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 November 990 through February 995.[1] The reigning emperor was Ichijō-tennō (一条天皇).[2]

Change of era[edit]

  • 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.[3]

Events of the Shōryaku era[edit]

  • March 1, 991 (Shōryaku 2, on the 12th day of the 2nd month): The former-Emperor En'yū died at the age of 33.[4]
  • 992 (Shōryaku 3): Nara Governor Kujō Kanetoshi constructed a new temple complex named Shoryaku-ji in response to an Imperial edict.[5]


  1. ^ Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2005). "Shōryaku" in Japan Encyclopedia, p. 886, p. 886, at Google Books; n.b., Louis-Frédéric is pseudonym of Louis-Frédéric Nussbaum, see Deutsche Nationalbibliothek Authority File Archived 2012-05-24 at
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ Brown, p. 305.
  4. ^ Titsingh, p. 151; Brown, p. 305.
  5. ^ Nara tourism official site/Shoryaku-ji Archived 2007-07-17 at the Wayback Machine.


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Preceded by
Era or nengō

Succeeded by