Nara Period Timeline

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  • 707 CE - 715 CE
    Reign of Empress Gemmei in Japan.
  • 710 CE - 794 CE
    The Nara Period in ancient Japan.
  • 710 CE
    The Japanese capital is moved from Fujiwarakyo to Nara (aka Heijokyo).
  • 710 CE
    The Buddhist Kofukuji temple is established at Nara, main temple of the Japanese Fujiwara clan.
  • 710 CE - 784 CE
    Nara is the capital of ancient Japan.
  • 710 CE
    Date favoured by historians for the founding of the Kasuga Taisha Shinto shrine at Nara, Japan.
  • 711 CE
    The Fushimi Inari shrine, dedicated to the Shinto rice god Inari, is founded near Kyoto.
  • 712 CE
    The Kojiki is written, a collection of oral myths forming the basis of the Shinto religion.
  • 713 CE
    The Japanese Fudoki are composed and record local kami and associated legends.
  • 715 CE - 724 CE
    Reign of Empress Gensho in Japan.
  • 720 CE
    The Nihon Shoki is written, a collection of oral myths forming the basis of the Shinto religion.
  • 724 CE - 749 CE
    Reign of Emperor Shomu in Japan.
  • 735 CE - 737 CE
    Japan suffers two smallpox epidemics which kills 25-35% of the population.
  • 740 CE
    A rebellion led by the Fujiwara exile Hirotsugu is quashed by Emperor Shomu.
  • 747 CE
    A statue of Hachiman is ceremoniously transferred from the Shinto Usa shrine to the Buddhist Todaiji shrine in Nara, Japan.
  • 749 CE - 758 CE
    First reign of Empress Koken in Japan.
  • 751 CE
    The Kaifuso anthology of Japanese poems is compiled.
  • 752 CE
    The Buddhist Todaiji temple is founded at Nara, Japan.
  • 758 CE - 764 CE
    Reign of emperor Junnin in Japan.
  • c. 759 CE
    The Manyoshu or 'Collection of 10,000 Leaves' is written, an important Shinto source and classic of Japanese poetry.
  • 764 CE - 770 CE
    Second reign of Empress Koken, now known as Shotoku, in Japan.
  • 768 CE
    Official founding date of the Kasuga Taisha Shinto shrine at Nara, Japan.
  • 770 CE - 781 CE
    Reign of Emperor Konin in Japan.
  • 781 CE - 806 CE
    Reign of Emperor Kammu in Japan.
  • 785 CE
    Saicho establishes the first Buddhist shrine at what would become the Enryakuji temple complex on Mt. Hiei, Japan.
  • 794 CE
    Emperor Kammu moves the Japanese capital to Heiankyo (Kyoto).

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707 CE - 715 CE: Reign of Empress Gemmei in Japan.
 
 
710 CE - 794 CE: The Nara Period in ancient Japan.
 
 
710 CE: The Japanese capital is moved from Fujiwarakyo to Nara (aka Heijokyo).
 
 
710 CE: The Buddhist Kofukuji temple is established at Nara, main temple of the Japanese Fujiwara clan.
 
 
710 CE - 784 CE: Nara is the capital of ancient Japan.
 
 
710 CE: Date favoured by historians for the founding of the Kasuga Taisha Shinto shrine at Nara, Japan.
 
 
711 CE: The Fushimi Inari shrine, dedicated to the Shinto rice god Inari, is founded near Kyoto.
 
 
712 CE: The Kojiki is written, a collection of oral myths forming the basis of the Shinto religion.
 
713 CE: The Japanese Fudoki are composed and record local kami and associated legends.
 
715 CE - 724 CE: Reign of Empress Gensho in Japan.
 
 
720 CE: The Nihon Shoki is written, a collection of oral myths forming the basis of the Shinto religion.
 
724 CE - 749 CE: Reign of Emperor Shomu in Japan.
 
735 CE - 737 CE: Japan suffers two smallpox epidemics which kills 25-35% of the population.
 
 
740 CE: A rebellion led by the Fujiwara exile Hirotsugu is quashed by Emperor Shomu.
 
 
747 CE: A statue of Hachiman is ceremoniously transferred from the Shinto Usa shrine to the Buddhist Todaiji shrine in Nara, Japan.
 
749 CE - 758 CE: First reign of Empress Koken in Japan.
 
751 CE: The Kaifuso anthology of Japanese poems is compiled.
 
 
752 CE: The Buddhist Todaiji temple is founded at Nara, Japan.
 
758 CE - 764 CE: Reign of emperor Junnin in Japan.
 
759 CE: The Manyoshu or 'Collection of 10,000 Leaves' is written, an important Shinto source and classic of Japanese poetry.
 
764 CE - 770 CE: Second reign of Empress Koken, now known as Shotoku, in Japan.
 
 
768 CE: Official founding date of the Kasuga Taisha Shinto shrine at Nara, Japan.
 
770 CE - 781 CE: Reign of Emperor Konin in Japan.
 
781 CE - 806 CE: Reign of Emperor Kammu in Japan.
 
 
785 CE: Saicho establishes the first Buddhist shrine at what would become the Enryakuji temple complex on Mt. Hiei, Japan.
 
 
794 CE: Emperor Kammu moves the Japanese capital to Heiankyo (Kyoto).
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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