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Encyclopedia > Asuka, Yamato
Ishibutai Kofun, believed to be burial site of Soga no Umako
Ishibutai Kofun, believed to be burial site of Soga no Umako

Asuka (飛鳥?) was one of the Imperial capitals of Japan during the Asuka period (538 A.D. - 710 A.D.), which takes its name from this place. It is located in the present-day village of Asuka, Nara Prefecture. Ishibutai Kofun Nara Prefecture, Japan Figure shows scale. ... Ishibutai Kofun Nara Prefecture, Japan Figure shows scale. ... The following text needs to be harmonized with text in the article History of Japan#Yamato period. ... March 12 - Witiges, king of the Ostrogoths ends his siege of Rome and retreats to Ravenna, leaving the city in the hands of the victorious Byzantine general, Belisarius. ... // Events End of the Asuka period, the second and last part of the Yamato period and beginning of the Nara period in Japan. ... Ishibutai Kofun, believed to be burial site of Soga no Umako Asuka (明日香村; -mura) is a village located in Takaichi District, Nara, Japan. ... Nara Prefecture ) is part of the Kinki region on HonshÅ« Island, Japan. ...

There are multiple theories as to how the place in turn was given its name, including such as i) it was named after the bird Common Crossbill, or isuka in Japanese, ii) it was named after the landform, eg. 洲処 (suka, meaning sandbar, sandbank or delta) or 崩地 (asu) + 処 (ka) and others.[1] Their ruins remain, while archaeology projects continue to uncover relics from the past. Recent discoveries in the area include Wado coins, believed to be some of the oldest coins in Japan, and paintings in the Kitora tombs. Binomial name Loxia curvirostra Linnaeus, 1758 The Common Crossbill (Loxia curvirostra) is a small passerine bird in the finch family Fringillidae. ... Archaeology, archeology, or archæology (from the Greek words αρχαίος = ancient and λόγος = word/speech/discourse) is the study of human cultures through the recovery, documentation and analysis of material remains and environmental data, including architecture, artefacts, biofacts, human remains, and landscapes. ... WADO is a radio station on 1280 AM. WADO serves New York City and is owned by Univision. ...

The Ishibutai Kofun is located in Asuka. On March 12, 2004, the discovery of the remains of the main building of a residence was announced. Because the building was adjacent to the kofun, it is likely that the residence belonged to Soga no Umako, who is believed to have been entombed in the kofun. March 12 is the 71st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (72nd in leap years). ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Daisenryo Kofun, the tomb of Emperor Nintoku, Sakai, 5th century. ... Soga no Umako (蘇我馬子; 551? - 20 May 626), the son of Soga no Iname and the strongest member of Soga clan of Japan, conducted politicial reforms with Prince Shotoku during the rules of Emperors Bidatsu and Suiko, and established Soga clans stronghold in the governemt by having his daughter married...

Asuka can be reached from either the Okadera or Asuka stations on the Kintetsu train line, or by car on Route 169. The Kintetsu Corporation (近畿日本鉄道株式会社 Kinki Nippon Tetsudō Kabushiki Gaisha), better known as Kintetsu (近鉄), is Japanese largest private railway company. ...


  1. ^ Ikeda Suenori 池田末則, Yokota Kenichi 横田健一 et al. "飛鳥 (Asuka)" Nara-ken no chimei 奈良県の地名 Heibonsha 平凡社, 1981. p. 263

Another theory is that it was named in honour of Asuka Nyorai, the Japanese equivalent of Akshobhya, one of the Five Buddhas of Wisdom, who was worshipped in the Asuka-dera (temple), the Asuka-niimasu-jinja (shrine for his manifestation as a Shinto god), and several other structures from those days.[citation needed]

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