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Ōwa (応和) was a Japanese era name (年号, nengō, , lit. "year name") after Tentoku and before Kōhō. This period started in February 961 and ended in July 964. The reigning emperor was Murakami-tennō (村上天皇).
Events of the Ōwa era
- 961 (Ōwa 1, 11th month): Emperor Murakami moved in to a a new palace which had to be re-built after the fire of Tentoku 5 (960).
- 962 (Ōwa 2, 2nd month): The emperor sent deputies to make offerings at number of Shinto shrines—at Ise, at Kamo, at Mizunoo, at Hirano, and at Kasuga.
- 962 (Ōwa 2, 8th month): Fujiwara no Saneyori went to offer prayers at the Iwashimizu Shrine; and many from the Fujiwara clan followed his example.
- National Diet Library, "The Japanese Calendar" -- historical overview plus illustrative images from library's collection
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