Sunday, December 4, 2011

Rice Field in Asuka

Rice field in Asuka, a region in the Nara Basin, that flourished as Japan's first capital at the end of the sixth century. (Photo: JD) 

Poems in the Manyoshu (Collection of Myriad Leaves)—a vast anthology of Japanese poetry compiled in the eighth century—extol Asuka's exquisite natural landscape of hills, small misty mountains, orchards, farms, and the winding Asuka River. The historical landscape is equally mesmerizing: ancient tombs, stone relics, palace (modest wooden buildings) ruins, and the oldest Buddhist temple in Japan.

The Asuka Historical Museum:

Asuka, some 1300 and more years ago, was home to Japan's ruling dynasty and was thus, for more than a century, the capital of the country. It was at this time that our country adopted much of the relatively matured culture and administrative methodology of China and the Korean peninsula, and it was here that a unified national state was for the first time established in Japan.

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