Japanese era from May 1375 to February 1381

Tenju (天授) was a Japanese era name (年号, nengō, lit. year name) of the Southern Court during the Nanboku-chō period after Bunchū and before Kōwa. This period started in May 1375 and ended in February 1381.[1] The Southern Court monarch in Yoshino during this time was Emperor Chōkei (長慶天皇, Chōkei-tennō).[2] The Northern Court pretender in Kyoto was Emperor Go-En'yū (後円融天皇, Go-En'yū-tennō).[3]

Events of the Tenju era

  • 1375 (Tenju 1): Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu visits Iwashimizu Hachiman-gū.[4]
  • 1377 (Tenju 3): Goryeo diplomatic envoy Jeong Mongju met with the shogunal deputy (探題, tandai) in Kyūshū, Imagawa Ryōshun. The diplomats discussed steps to control pirates (wakō).[5]
  • 1378 (Tenju 4): Yoshimitsu moved into his new home in Muromachi;[6] and the luxurious house and grounds are called Hana-no-Gosho[7]
  • 26 July 1380 (Tenju 6, 24th day of the 6th month): Former pretender Kōmyō died at age 60.[8]

Northern Court nengō



  1. Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2005). "Tenju" in Japan encyclopedia, p. 959.
  2. Nussbaum, "Chōkei Tennō," p. 120.
  3. Nussbaum, "Go-En'yū Tennō," p. 251; Titsingh, Isaac. (1834). Annales des empereurs du japon, pp. 310-312.
  4. Titsingh, p. 312.
  5. Titsingh, p. 313; Kang, Jae-eun et al. (2006). The Land of Scholars : Two Thousand Years of Korean Confucianism, p. 159.
  6. Titsingh, p. 313.
  7. Ackroyd, Joyce. (1982) Lessons from History: The "Tokushi Yoron", p. 329.
  8. Titsingh, p. 315.

Other websites


Tenju 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th
1375 1376 1377 1378 1379 1380 1381
Preceded by:
Era or nengō:
Succeeded by: