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Tenpyō-kanpō (天平感宝) was a Japanese era name (年号, nengō, , lit. "year name") after Tenpyō and before Tenpyō-shōhō. This period was only months. It started in April and ended in July 749. The reigning emperor was Shōmu-tennō (聖武天皇).
Tenpyō-kanpō lasted only four months during the last year of Shōmu's reign. The previous era ended and this new one started in 749.
Events of the Tenpyō-kanpō era
- 749 (Tenpyō-kanpō 1, 2nd day of the 7th month): In the 25th year of Shōmu's reign, the emperor abdicated; and the succession (senso) was received by his daughter. Soon after, Empress Kōken's role as monarch was confirmed by ceremonies (sokui).
- 749 (Tenpyō-kanpō 1, 2nd day of the 7th month): To mark the beginning of Empress Kōken's regin, the Tenpyō-kanpō era ended and the new Tenpyō-Shōhō era started.
- Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2005). "Tenpyō-kanpō" in Japan Encyclopedia, p. 957.
- Nussbaum, "Shōmu Tennō," p. 884; Titsingh, Isaac. (1834). Annales des empereurs du Japon, p. 73-74; Brown, Delmer et al. (1979). Gukanshō, p. 273; Varley, H. Paul. Jinnō Shōtōki, p. 143.
- Brown, p. 274.
- Brown, p. 274; Varley, p. 44; a distinct act of senso is unrecognized prior to Emperor Tenji; and all sovereigns except Jitō, Yōzei, Go-Toba, and Fushimi have senso and sokui in the same year until the reign of Emperor Go-Murakami. Compare Imperial Household Agency (Kunaichō), Ceremony of Accession (Sokui-no-Rei); retrieved 2012-5-22.
- National Diet Library, "The Japanese Calendar" -- historical overview plus illustrative images from library's collection
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