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A view of the city and park of Nara from the rooftop terrace of the Nara prefectural government's office.

Nara was built as the first permanent capital of Japan by Empress Genmei in the year 710. Contrary to what you might think, Japan had 6 ruling empresses in the history. And I think Nara is the only city that was built by a female ruler in Japan.

In fact, Empress Genmei (she was a 49years old widow at that time)was strongly supported (or controlled) by Fujiwara clan that was the most powerful court noble clan in ancient Japan.

In this new capital, Fujiwara clan built their clan temple, Kofuku-ji. After the imperial court moved out to Kyoto in 794, Kofuku-ji temple survived as a strong feudal lord through the medieval time, and still exists in Nara park that is located in the middle of the city of 400thousand population.
In this picture ,you can see the pagoda of Kofuku-ji Temple (rebuilt in 1426).

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