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Taihō (大宝) was a Japanese era name (年号, nengō,, lit. "year name") after a late 7th century interruption in the sequence of nengō after Shuchō and before Keiun. This period started in March 701 and ended in May 704. The reigning emperor was Mommu-tennō (文武天皇).

History

The system of nengō mirrored the Chinese system of eras (nianhao). The use of nengō marked a new phase in the history of the Imperial court. It became an example of growth in political power.

Taihō was adopted to mark the discovery of gold in Tsushima.

Timeline

Timelines of early Japanese nengō and Imperial reign dates
Emperor MommuEmpress JitōEmperor TemmuEmperor KōbunEmperor TenjiEmpress SaimeiEmperor KōtokuKeiunTaihō (era)ShuchōHakuchi (era)Taika (era)Empress GemmeiEmpress Kōgyoku

The system of Japanese era names was not the same as Imperial reign dates.

Events of the Taihō era

  • 701 (Taihō 1): Plans for mission to the Tang court was approved.
  • 702 (Taihō 2): The Taihō Code or "Code of Taihō" (大宝律令 Taihō-ritsuryō) or Taihōryō reorganized Japan's government. It completed the Taika Reforms.
  • 701 (Taihō 2): A mission to the Tang court was led by Awata no Mahito (粟田真人). The diplomats travelled by ship. This was called the "embassy of Taihō" because it was begun during this era.

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Taihō 1st 2nd 3rd 4th
Gregorian 701 702 703 704
Preceded by:
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Era or nengō:
Taihō
Succeeded by:
Keiun
Preceded by:
Jitō period
686—697
Imperial reign:
Mommu period
697—707
Succeeded by:
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