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Asuka and Nara Periods March 23 – March 26, 2007
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Shinto • Native Religion  – Animistic, kami live in everything • Shinto shrines are non-descript – Shimenawa, Torii • Izanagi and Izanami – Created the islands of Japan – Begat Amaterasu, from which the imperial line  descended (according to the  Kojiki )
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Meoto Iwa (Wedded Rocks) Shinto Shrine representing Izanagi and Izanami
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Ise Jingū Shrine b. 4 th  century
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Asuka Period (552 – 646) • Relatively peaceful, simple time • Increased influence from the continent • Buddhism arrived during reign of Empress Suiko and  Prince Regent Umayado (Shōtoku) in late 6 th  century – “First” image in 552 from the Paekche king to King  Kimmei – Suiko and Shōtoku built shrines, propagated writing,  scholarship, had the first written history ordered, trade with  China in 607, Seventeen Articles • In 50 years—46 temples, 1385 monks and nuns • Soga Clan
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Hōryūji, near Nara  Asuka Period, b. 7 th  century
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Tamamushi Shrine Asuka, mid-7th century
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Tenjūkoku Mandala Asuka, 622
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Guze  or  Yomedono Kannon Asuka, 7 th  century
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Tori Busshi Shaka Triad Asuka, 623 Dunhuang Caves, Wei 
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