Nara’s Asuka Area

Tracing the Seeds of Imperial Japan

Donny Kimball
9 min readMay 9, 2018

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A painting of Japan’s ancient Emperor Jimmu in Nara Prefecture’s Asuka area

Think you know Nara? Think again!

Today we will be traveling back in time to a period long before Nara became the capital of Japan in 710. We’ll be examining the Asuka area and the period of time from 538–710 that bears its name. This section of Japan lies within what is today Nara Prefecture and is located just a few kilometers to the south of…

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Donny Kimball

I'm a travel writer and freelance digital marketer who blogs about the sides of Japan that you can't find in the mainstream media. https://donnykimball.com/