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27 07, 2017

Early Japanese Literature

By |2019-10-12T13:07:33-07:00July 27th, 2017|Japan, Literature|0 Comments

Early Japanese literature: A copy of the Kojiki from the 1300s AD Printing and paper in Japan Just after 700 AD, the Japanese Empress Genmei ordered her staff to write and publish Japan's first history book, the Kojiki, and the first geography and botany book, the Fudoki. The recent invention of wood-block printing meant that people were publishing and reading [...]

27 07, 2017

Taika period – Early Medieval Japan

By |2018-04-18T09:53:56-07:00July 27th, 2017|History, Japan, Where|0 Comments

Court attendants (Takamatsuzuka Tomb, ca. 600s AD) Now that Japan had declared independence from China, Empress Suiko and her successors built a new government for Japan. They wanted Japan's government to be just as good as China's government. Empress Suiko ruled for 35 years before she died in 628 AD. Prince Shotoku had already died six years [...]