The Asuka period is set from 538 to 710, it was known as the period of fine-art and architecture. This period of history was greatly effected by Prince Shotoku Taishi who was the adviser of Empress Suiko, he was devouted Buddhist which effected his work as it was his inspiration. He was known to be very intelligent and learnt a lot from the Chinese, even using their system of imperial rule to make the Japanese dynasty even more powerful.
Japan - An Emerging Civilization
An Emerging Civilization<br />Nadira Aisha Mulyandari<br />
Asuka Period<br />538 to 710<br />A period of fine-arts and architecture<br />Buddhism, Shotoku Taishi and Chinese influence<br />
Shotoku’s Constitution<br />Seventeen-article constitution<br />‘Buddhist document’<br />Adopted in the reign of Empress Suiko<br />Harmony, Heaven and Morals<br />
Taika<br />“Great Change”<br />Introduced taxation and land distribution<br />Split country into provinces and districts<br />Run by people who later reported to the emperor<br />Established by Emperor Kotoku after Prince Shotoku’s death<br />
Nara<br />Built in 710, it was the capital city<br />A holy and spiritual place<br />Scared, includes many temples, shrines and gardens<br />Buddhist temples<br />The creation of Nara was the first step for Japan as an important Asian civilization<br />Pagoda<br />
Resources<br />http://www.fascinating-travel-destinations.com/ancient-nara.html<br />http://afe.easia.columbia.edu/japan/japanworkbook/traditional/shotoku.htm<br />Global Insights, copyright 1994 by the Glencoe Division of Macmillan/McGraw-Hill School Publishing Company, ISBN 0-02-822690-9 (Teacher’s Edition), Chapter 16, Traditional Japan. Page 255, section 1, Emerging Civilization<br />http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asuka_period<br />