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Daidō (大同) was a Japanese era name (年号,, nengō,, lit. "year name") after Enryaku and before Kōnin. This period started in May 806 and ended in September 810. During this time, the emperors were Heizei-tennō (平城天皇) and Saga-tennō (嵯峨天皇).

Events of the Daidō era

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In Daidō 1, the Buddhist monk Kūkai settled himself in a spiritual retreat at Miyajima
  • 806 (Daidō 1): Kōbō-Daishi (弘法大師), also known as Kūkai (空海), returned to Japan from China; and he settled at Miyajima where he established Daishō-in (大聖院).
  • 9 April 806 (Daidō 1, 17th day of the 3rd month): In the 25th year of Emperor Kammu's reign, he died; and the succession (senso) was received by a his son. Soon after, Emperor Heizei accepted the monarch's role and duties and powers (sokui). This was confirmed in ceremonies.
  • 18 May 809 (Daidō 4, 1st day of the 4th month): In the 4th year of Emperor Heizei's reign, he abdicated. Heizei's successor was his second son who became known as Emperor Saga.

Related pages

  • National Diet Library, "The Japanese Calendar" -- historical overview plus illustrative images from library's collection
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