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Tenpyô-shôhô 5 (天平勝宝五年)
Timeline of 753
- 753/1 Members of a mission to Tang, led by Kibi Makibi, Fujiwara no Kiyokawa, and Ôtomo no Komaro, celebrate the New Year at the Imperial Court in Chang'an.
- 753/11 The mission to Tang departs China for Japan in four ships. The ambassadors and their retinue are joined by Abe no Nakamaro, who seeks to return home after 36 years in China.
- 753/12 Ôtomo no Komaro and the Chinese monk Ganjin arrive in Satsuma province aboard one of the four ships.
Other Events of 753
- Members of the mission to Tang make port at Okinawa Island; documents associated with this event mark the earliest extant usage of the term "Okinawa" (here, Akonaha 阿児奈波).