Eien (永延) was a Japanese era (年号,, nengō,, lit. "year name") after Kanna and before Eiso. This period spanned the years from April 987 through August 988.[1] The reigning emperor was Ichijō-tennō (一条天皇).[2]

Change of eraEdit

  • January 2, 987 Eien gannen (永延元年): The new era name was created to mark an event or a number of events. The previous era ended and a new one commenced in Kanna 3, on the 5th day of the 4th month in the year 987.[3]

Events of Eien eraEdit

  • 987 (Eien 1, 10th month): The emperor paid a visit to the home of Fujiwara no Kaneie.[4]
  • 987 (Eien 1, 11th month): The emperor visited Iwashimizu Hachiman-gū.[4]
  • 987 (Eien 1, 12th month): The emperor visited the Kamo Shrine.[4]
  • 988 (Eien 2, 8th month): Fujiwara no Kaneie invited a number of courtiers to his home where he entertained them in a grand manner.[4]
  • 988 (Eien 2, 11th month): The emperor visited the home of Kaneie to join him in celebrating the courtier's 60th birthday.[5]


  1. ^ Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2005). "Eien" in Japan Encyclopedia, p. 170, p. 170, 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. 150-151; Brown, Delmer et al. (1979). Gukanshō, p. 302-307; Varely, H. Paul. (1980). Jinnō Shōtōki, pp. 192-195.
  3. ^ Brown, p. 305.
  4. ^ a b c d Titsingh, p. 150.
  5. ^ Titsingh, p. 151.


  • Brown, Delmer M. and Ichirō Ishida, eds. (1979). Gukanshō: The Future and the Past. Berkeley: University of California Press. ISBN 978-0-520-03460-0; OCLC 251325323
  • Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric and Käthe Roth. (2005). Japan encyclopedia. Cambridge: Harvard University Press. ISBN 978-0-674-01753-5; OCLC 58053128
  • Titsingh, Isaac. (1834). Nihon Odai Ichiran; ou, Annales des empereurs du Japon. Paris: Royal Asiatic Society, Oriental Translation Fund of Great Britain and Ireland. OCLC 5850691
  • Varley, H. Paul. (1980). A Chronicle of Gods and Sovereigns: Jinnō Shōtōki of Kitabatake Chikafusa. New York: Columbia University Press. ISBN 9780231049405; OCLC 6042764

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Preceded by
Era or nengō

Succeeded by