Friday, 9th April 2010
In Events In Japan,
Nara to celebrate 1300th birthday
Visitors to Japan heading to the country at the end of this month will be able to enjoy a wide range of special events to make the anniversary of the Nara Heijo-kyo Capital.
In the Nara prefecture, a number of celebrations will be held from April 24th onwards to commemorate the 1,300th anniversary of the capital. Nara was chosen to be Japan's first capital back in 710, before being moved to other regions including Kyoto and Nagaoka.
Nara is home to the Heijo Palace and has undergone a makeover ahead of the anniversary celebrations, which are set to include music and light shows, a life-size replica of a boat used for travel to the mainland, parades and exhibitions detailing the region's rich history.
Situated in the Kansai region of Japan, which is next to the Kyoto prefecture, the city of Nara is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site and is famed for its ancient architecture.
Written by Kimberley Homer.
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