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Tenpyō-shōhō (天平勝宝) was a Japanese era name (年号,, nengō,, lit. "year name") after Tenpyō-kanpō and before Tenpyō-hōji. This period started in July 749 and ended in August 757. The reigning monarchs were Kōken-tennō (孝謙天皇) and Junnin-tennō (淳仁天皇).

Tenpyō-shōhō means "Heavenly Peace and Victorious Treasure".

Events of the Tenpyō-shōhō era

  • 749 (Tenpyō-shōhō 1): Emperor Shōmu abdicated, and his daughter receives the succession (senso). Soon after, Empress Kōken's role as monarch is confirmed by ceremonies (sokui).
  • 752 (Tenpyō-shōhō 4, 4th month): The Eye-opening Ceremony celebrating the completion of the Great Buddha is held at Tōdai-ji in Nara.
  • 5 September 750 (Tenpyō-shōhō 2, 1st day of the 8th month): In the 10th year of Kōken's reign, the empress abdicated; and succession (senso) was received by her adopted son. Emperor Junnin's new position is confirmed by ceremonies (sokui).
  • 756 (Tenpyō-shōhō 2, 5th month): Former-Emperor Shōmu died at age 56.

Related pages

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