Buddhist temples in Nara. World Heritage

In the early history of Japan, Nara prefecture was the center of the politics, the culture and the economy in Yamato Period, Asuka Period and Nara Period. Japanese people just believed their animism, the origine of “Shinto”(神道) until Asuka Period.     It is said that Seong of Baekje, the ancient king of the  country in Korean Peninsula, presented the Buddha statue and the satras for Emperor Kimmei in 552.(learn about Buddha statue)   After the conflict between the pros and cons for the accepting of it, Buddhism was settled as a state religion since then. That is the reason there are many old Buddha temples in Nara.  There are seven Read more about Buddhist temples in Nara. World Heritage[…]

Horyuji temple. Nara World Heritage Site.

Asuka Period and it’s culture

What’s Asuka Period?   The term of ancient Asuka Period began in 592 and ended in 710. “Asuka” is the southern area of Nara Prefecture.         In this period, Buddhism was the most essencial things of the culture. With Buddha statue, the religion had  already came to Japan in the middle of 6th. And the two powerful family, Soga clan(蘇我氏) and Mononobe clan(物部氏) fought with each other whether accepting it or not.     Shotoku Taishi       Shotoku Taishi(聖徳太子) and Soga clan supported Buddhism and Mononobe clan was opposed to. In 587, when Shotoku Taishi was therteen years old, he and Soga clan beat Mononobe clan. It directed Read more about Asuka Period and it’s culture[…]