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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

Nara period – Early medieval Japan

By |2018-04-18T09:53:55-07:00July 27th, 2017|History, Japan|0 Comments

Model of the Empress Genmei's imperial audience hall at Heijo, Nara Empress Genmei moved the capital of Japan to the new planned city of Nara in 710 AD. She wanted the move to help get more power into her own hands and out of the hands of other powerful Japanese families. Genmei succeeded in stopping [...]

27 07, 2017

Heian period – Early Medieval Japan

By |2019-08-07T10:07:32-07:00July 27th, 2017|History, Japan|2 Comments

Heian Japan: Godai Kokuzo Bodhisattva (Jingo-ji Temple, Kyoto), ca. 800-900 AD Women shut out of power After Empress Koken died in 770 AD, there was a major change in how Japan's government worked. The powerful families got more power in Heian Japan, the same way they did in China about this time. Women were shut out of [...]