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Tengi (天喜) was a Japanese era (年号,, nengō,, lit. "year name") after Eishō and before Kōhei, spanning the years from January 1053 through August 1058.[1] The reigning emperor was Go-Reizei-tennō (後冷泉天皇).[2]

Change of Era

  • 1053 Tengi 1 (天喜元年): The new era name was created to mark an event or series of events. The previous era ended and the new one commenced in Eishō 7, on the 11th day of the 1st month of 1053.[3]

Events of the Tengi Era

  • 1056 (Tengi 4, 7th-8th months): A broom star was observed in the east at daybreak.[4]
  • 1057 (Tengi 5, 9th month): Abe no Yoritoki is killed in battle by a stray arrow.[5]


  1. ^ Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2005). "Tengi" in Japan Encyclopedia, p. 958, p. 958, at Google Books; n.b., Louis-Frédéric is pseudonym of Louis-Frédéric Nussbaum, see Deutsche Nationalbibliothek Authority File.
  2. ^ Titsingh, Isaac. (1834). Annales des empereurs du japon, pp. 162-166; Brown, Delmer et al. (1979). Gukanshō, pp. 311-314; ; Varley, H. Paul. (1980). Jinnō Shōtōki. p. 197-198.
  3. ^ Brown, p. 313.
  4. ^ Pankenier, David et al. (2008). Archaeoastronomy in East Asia: Historical Observational Records of Comets and Meteor Showers from China, Japan, and Korea, p. 122., p. 122, at Google Books
  5. ^ Ackroyd, Joyce. (1982). Lessons from History: the Tokushi Yoron, p. 120.


External links

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

Succeeded by
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