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Shitoku (至徳) was a Japanese era name (年号, nengō, lit. year name) of the Northern Court during the Nanboku-chō period after Eitoku and before Kakei. This period started in February 1384 and ended in August 1387. The pretender in Kyoto was Emperor Go-Komatsu (後小松天皇 Go-Komatsu-tennō ). Go-Komatsu' Southern Court rival in Yoshino during this time was Emperor Go-Kameyama (後亀山天皇 Go-Kameyama-tennō ).
Events of the Shitoku era
- 1384 (Shitoku 1, 3rd month): Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu gave up his position in the Imperial court hierarchy.
- 1385 (Shitoku 2, 8th month): Yoshimistu made a public visit to Kasuga-taisha.
- 1385 (Shitoku 2): The forces of the Southern Court were defeated at Koga.
- 1386 (Shitoku 3, 7th month): Yoshimitsu authorized the Five Mountain System for ranking state-sponsored Buddhist temples; and Nanzen-ji was ranked at the top and in a class of its own.
Southern Court nengō
- Genchū, 1384–1393
- Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2005). "Shitoku" in Japan encyclopedia, p. 875.
- Nussbaum, "Go-Komatsu Tennō," p. 255; Titsingh, Isaac. (1834). Annales des empereurs du japon, pp. 317.
- Nussbaum, "Go-Kameyama Tennō," pp. 254-255.
- Titsingh, Isaac. (1834). Annales des empereurs du japon, pp. 317; see Nihon Odai Ichiran.
- Ackroyd, Joyce. (1982) Lessons from History: The "Tokushi Yoron", p. 329.
- National Diet Library, "The Japanese Calendar" -- historical overview plus illustrative images from library's collection
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