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16000 BCE: Oldest pottery vessels known found in Japan
14500 BCE - 300 BCE: Jomon Period in Japan.
10000 BCE: The Ice Age ends and land bridges recede leaving groups of people on an island that is to become Japan.
1000 BCE - 300 BCE: The Late phase of the Jomon Period, rice farming and metalworking are brought to Japan.
660 BCE - 585 BCE: Traditional reign dates of Emperor Jimmu, Japan's first emperor.
300 BCE - 250 CE: The Yayoi Period in ancient Japan.
97 BCE - 30 BCE: Possible reign dates of Japan's Emperor Sujin.
82 CE: Contact between Han China and Yayoi Japan.
183 CE - 248 CE: Life of Queen Himiko of Japan.
238 CE: Queen Himiko of Japan sends a tribute delegation to China.
250 CE - 538 CE: The Kofun Period in ancient Japan.
250 CE - 710 CE: The Yamato Period in ancient Japan, consisting of the Kofun Period and Asuka Period.
366 CE: Japan establishes diplomatic relations with Korea.
478 CE: The founding of the Toyouke shrine at the Shinto Ise Grand Shrine in Japan.
531 CE - 571 CE: Reign of Emperor Kimmei in Japan.
535 CE - 539 CE: Reign of Emperor Senka in Japan.
538 CE - 710 CE: The Asuka Period in ancient Japan.
538 CE: Alternative date to 552 CE for the introduction of Buddhism to Japan from Korea.
552 CE: Traditional date for the introduction of Buddhism to Japan from Korea.
572 CE - 585 CE: Reign of Emperor Bidatsu in Japan.
585 CE - 587 CE: Reign of Emperor Yomei in Japan.
587 CE: The Soga clan establish control of government in Japan.
587 CE - 592 CE: Reign of Emperor Sushun in Japan.
592 CE - 628 CE: Reign of Empress Suiko, Japan's first empress.
593 CE: The Shitennoji Buddhist temple is built in Japan.
593 CE: The Buddhist Gango-ji temple, the oldest in Japan, is founded at Asuka.
596 CE: The Hokoji Buddhist temple is built in Japan.
604 CE: Prince Shotoku draws up his Seventeen Article Constitution in Japan.
607 CE: Prince Shotoku of Japan sends the first of many official embassies to Sui China.
607 CE: The Horyuji Buddhist temple is built in Nara, Japan during the reign of Regent Prince Shotoku.
629 CE - 641 CE: Reign of Emperor Jomei in Japan.
642 CE - 645 CE: Reign of Empress Kogyoku in Japan.
645 CE: Fujiwara no Kamatari leads a coup d'etat in Japan, removing the Soga clan from power.
645 CE - 654 CE: Reign of Emperor Kotoku in Japan.
645 CE: The Fujiwara clan in Japan is founded by Fujiwara no Kamatari.
655 CE - 661 CE: Reign of Empress Saimei in Japan.
661 CE - 671 CE: Reign of Emperor Tenji in Japan.
670 CE: Many structures at the Buddhist Horyuji monastery in Nara, Japan are destroyed by fire.
671 CE - 672 CE: The Jinshin Incident in Japan which establishes Temmu as emperor.
671 CE - 672 CE: Reign of Emperor Kobun in Japan.
672 CE - 686 CE: Reign of Emperor Temmu in Japan.
686 CE - 697 CE: Reign of Empress Jito in Japan.
697 CE - 707 CE: Reign of Emperor Mommu in Japan.
700 CE: Steel-bladed swords are first made in Japan.
707 CE - 715 CE: Reign of Empress Gemmei in Japan.
708 CE: Japan's first coinage, the Wado kaiho, is introduced.
710 CE - 794 CE: The Nara Period in ancient Japan.
710 CE: The buildings of the Buddhist Horyuji monastery in Nara, Japan are rebuilt.
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.
715 CE - 724 CE: Reign of Empress Gensho in Japan.
718 CE: The Buddhist Gango-ji temple is relocated from Asuka to Nara in Japan.
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.
739 CE: The Hall of Dreams or Yumedono is built at the Buddhist monastery of Horyuji, Nara, Japan.
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.
752 CE: The Buddhist Todaiji temple is founded at Nara, Japan.
758 CE - 764 CE: Reign of emperor Junnin in Japan.
759 CE: The Buddhist Toshodai-ji temple is founded at Nara, Japan by the monk Ganjin.
764 CE - 770 CE: Second reign of Empress Koken, now known as Shotoku, in Japan.
767 CE - 822 CE: Life of Saicho, founder of Tendai Buddhism 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.
774 CE - 835 CE: Life of the monk Kukai (aka Kobo Daishi), founder of Shingon Buddhism 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.
793 CE - 864 CE: Life of Ennin, the Buddhist scholar-monk and abbot of Enryakuji, who brought many esoteric teachings from China to Japan.
796 CE: The Buddhist To-ji temple near Heiankyo (Kyoto), Japan is founded.
808 CE: Ennin joins the monastery of Enryakuji, Japan.
819 CE: Kukai (Kobo Daishi) establishes a monastery and headquarters for Shingon Buddhism on Mount Koya in Japan.
841 CE: Hunting and tree-felling are prohibited in the forests around the Kasuga Taisha temple, Nara, Japan.
849 CE: Ennin leads the first imperial-sponsored esoteric ritual at Enryakuji, Japan.
854 CE: Ennin becomes the abbot of Enryakuji, Heiankyo (Kyoto), Japan.
886 CE - 891 CE: Sugawara no Michizane (Tenjin) is the regional governor of Sanuki, Japan.
887 CE - 897 CE: Reign of Japan's Emperor Uda
897 CE - 930 CE: Reign of Japan's Emperor Daigo.
905 CE: The Kokinshu anthology of poems is compiled in Japan by Ki no Tsurayuki.
921 CE: The monk Kukai, founder of Shingon Buddhism in Japan, is given the posthumous title of Kobo Daishi.
990 CE: The Lecture Hall at the Buddhist monastery of Horyuji in Nara, Japan is built.
995 CE: Fujiwara no Michinaga becomes the Fujiwara clan leader in Japan.
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