Chronology

Asuka & Nara

538
Buddhism introduced from Paekche, Korea
588
Construction of the Hoko-ji temple (Asukadera) begins
589
Sui Dynasty unifies China
592
Empress Suiko enthroned at the Toyura Palace, Asuka
593
Prince Shotoku oversees politics
603
Imperial palace moves to th Oharida Palace
604
Seventeen Article Constitution promulgated
606
Sakatadera temple erected
607
Ono no Imoko sent to Sui China
607
Construction of the Horyuji temple begins
618
Tang Dynasty defeats Sui
630
First delegation sent to Tang China
641
Construction of Yamadadera temple begins
645
Prince Nakano Oe assassinates Soga no Iruka
646
aika Reform declared
663
United force of Japan and Paekche loses to the Tang army at Hakusonko
670
First census register compiled
673
Emperor Tenmu enthroned at the Asuka Kiyomihara palace
676
Silla unifies the Korean peninsula
681
Compilation of the Ritsuryo legal code and official historic chronicles begin
689
Asuka Kiyomihara Code enacted
690
Empress Zetianwuhou of Tang enthroned
694
Fujiwara becomes the capital of Japan
701
Taiho Code put into effect
708
Wado Kaichin (bronze coin) issued
708
Relocation of the Capital to Nara is decided
710
Capital moves to Nara
712
Kojiki (Records of Ancient Matters) complete
712
Emperor Xuansong of Tang enthroned
720
Nihon Shoki (Chronicle of Japan) completed
724
Emperor Shomu enthroned
729
Prince Nagaya forced to commit suicide on suspicion of treason
737
Smallpox epidemic breaks out; four brothers of the Fujiwara Family (Muchimaro, etc.) di
740
Fujiwara no Hirotsugu's rebellion takes plac
740
Capital moves to Kuni
741
Government orders the erection of provincial temples
742
Shigaraki Palace erected
744
Capital moves to Naniwa
745
Capital returns to Nara
745
Hokkeji temple erected
752
Consecration held of the newly made colossal Buddha figure at Todaiji temple
754
Priest Jianzhen arrives from Tang
757
Tachibana no Naramaro's uprising occurs
757
Yoro code put into effect
757
Nara palace remodeled
764
Production of one million miniature pagodas started
770
Priest Dokyo falls from power
773
Yobai Palace completed
780
An Lushan's rebellion breaks out in Tang
784
Capital moves to Nagaoka
794
Capital moves to Heian
806
Retired Emperor Heizei moves to the Nara palace
824
Retired Emperor Heizei dies
864
Abandoned Nara capital reverts to rice paddies by this time



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