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Sakurai (桜井市 Sakurai-shi?) is a Japanese city in Nara Prefecture on the island of Honshū.[1]


Sakurai is home to Ōmiwa Shrine. It is one of the oldest Shinto shrines in Japan.[1]

The shrine is linked with brewing sake.[2]

According to tradition, Sakurai was sometimes the site of an Imperial Palace,[3] including

Sakurai is part of Yukio Mishima's novel, Runaway Horses.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2005). "Omiwa-jinja" in Japan Encyclopedia, p. 751.
  2. Gautner, John. "Heart and soul of sake in the breweries of Nara," Japan Times, February 22, 2001; retrieved 2012-5-2.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 Koch, W. (1904). Japan; Geschichte nach japanischen Quellen und ethnographische Skizzen. Mit einem Stammbaum des Kaisers von Japan, p. 13. (German)
  4. Brown, Delmer. (1979). Gukanshō, pp. 262-263; excerpt, "... palace was Osada no Miya of Iware in the province of Yamato."

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