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History of Japan

The Nara period (奈良時代 Nara jidai?) is a time in the history of Japan which lasted from 710 to 794.[1] This grouping of years is named after city of Nara.[2]


In 710, Empress Gemmei established the capital of Japan at Heijō-kyō, which is present-day Nara.[3] Gemmei's palace was named Nara-no-miya.[4] Except for two brief times, the reigns of the next seven monarchs were centered in the palace which was built by Gemmei.

The capital at Nara was modeled after Chang'an, the capital city of Tang China.[5] The Nara period was marked by the introduction of Tang systems and culture.


Related pages


  1. Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2002). "Heian-jidai" in Japan Encyclopedia, pp. 698-699.
  2. Library of Congress Country Studies, Japan,"Nara and Heian Periods"; retrieved 2011-11-22.
  3. Ponsonby-Fane, Richard. (1959). The Imperial House of Japan, p. 56.
  4. Brown, Delmer. (1979). Gukanshō, p. 271; Varley, H. Paul. (1980). Jinnō Shōtōki, p. 140.
  5. Ellington, Lucien. (2009). Japan, p. 28.
  6. Nussbaum, "Nara" at p. 698.
  7. Nussbaum, "Kojiki" at p. 545.
  8. Nussbaum, "Nihon Shoki" at p. 710.
  9. Nussbaum, "Daibutsu" at pp. 136-137.
  10. Nussbaum, "Man'yōshū" at p. 608.
  11. Nussbaum, "Nagaoka-kyō" at p. 682.
  12. Nussbaum, "Saichō" at p. 805.
  13. Brown, p. 279.

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