Author: Irie, Taikichi
Title: Scenes of Ancient Nara
Place Published: Osaka, Japan
Date Published: 1970
242, 10 pp. Illustrated throughout from color photographs. Text in English and Japanese. (Folio), full green silk cloth over boards, orange Japanese characters on spine.
Nara was the capital of Japan from 710 to 784. During this period the framework of national government was consolidated and Nara enjoyed great prosperity, emerging as the fountainhead of Japanese culture. The city's historic monuments - Buddhist temples, Shinto shrines and the excavated remains of the great Imperial Palace - provide a vivid picture of life in the Japanese capital in the 8th century, a period of profound political and cultural change. Scarce volume of striking color images.