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Japanese City from 1300 Years Ago


Japanese City from 1300 Years Ago

New York City, New York - November 18, 2009.  Despite of the tourist popularity of Kyoto, Japan’s first capital was founded in Nara, and Japan will celebrate the 1300th anniversary of its foundation in 2010. For those traveling in 2010, don’t miss special anniversary events.

Following the opening celebration on January 1, 2010 with music, dance and theatrical performances, the major event site throughout the year of 2010 will be in Heijokyo Palace, symbolized with a remarkable red-roofed Suzaku-mon Gate.  From April 24 through November 7, 2010, the Palace will exhibit the early history and the founding process of Nara capital, as well as the life and culture of the era.  The biggest day at the Palace will be April 23, 2010, when they celebrate the completion of the restoration of Daikoku-den, the Former Imperial Audience Hall.  Heijokyo Palace will appear with the dignity of the Capital with flowers in spring, then multiple LED lights and candles from August 20 through 27.

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Nara was designed based upon ancient Chinese elements including colorful mandala, the ancient Buddhist description of the universe, which differentiates Nara from Zen colored Kyoto. Nara is also a live museum for Buddhist art fans: The city houses numerous ancient Buddhist statues, scrolls of prayers and paintings, accommodated in the over 1000 years old wooden architectural structures. The anniversary year introduces the unique historic elements of Nara to today's global community.

Nara's historic buildings and art pieces are designated as UNESCO's World Cultural Heritage sites. One of the significant sites is Horyu-ji Temple, the world's oldest remaining wooden structure to this day, and contains 48 Buddhist monuments, among which the oldest is from the late 7th or early 8th century.


For more information contact:

Nori Akashi, Public Relations Manager

Japan National Tourism Organization






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