was a after Ōchō and before Bunpō. This period spanned the years from March 1312 through February 1317.Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2005). "Shōwa" in ; n.b., Louis-Frédéric is pseudonym of Louis-Frédéric Nussbaum, see .Titsingh, Isaac. (1834). Annales des empereurs du Japon, pp. 278-280; Varley, H. Paul. (1980). Jinnō Shōtōki. pp. 239-243.
Change of era
1311 : The new era name was created to mark an event or series of events. The previous era ended and the new one commenced in Ōchō 2.
Events of the Shōwa era
Initially, former-Emperor Fushimi administered the court up through the time he took the tonsure as a Buddhist monk.
1313 (Shōwa 2, 10th month): Retired Emperor Fushimi shaved his head and became a Buddhist monk; and the power to administer the court of reigning Emperor Hanazono shifted to his adopted son, former-Emperor Go-Fushimi.