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Nara period - Nara period literature, Economic, social, and administrative developments

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An episode in Japanese history when the first permanent capital was established at Nara (Heijo) between modern Kyoto and Osaka in AD 710. The oldest surviving Japanese poetry anthologies and histories date from this period, besides major Buddhist temples. Nara was abandoned as the capital in 784, and replaced in 794 by Heian (modern Kyoto).

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