The Ancient City of Nara- Japan's First Capital June 5th 2009 Following our adventure in Hiroshima, we made our way west to the ancient city of Nara, Japan's first capital. This, as I said is a very ancient city, home to the world's oldest wooden standing structure. The city is home to many UNESCO World Heritage Sites, many including the temples and shrines.
The first day in Nara was a free day for us to explore and wreak havoc (just kidding, lol). Anyways, ... read more
Asia » Japan » Nara » Nara In 1603, a Tokugawa shogunate (military dictatorship) ushered in a long period of isolation from foreign influence in order to secure its power. For 250 years this policy enabled Japan to enjoy stability and a flowering of its indigenous culture. Fol... ... read more