- During this era Buddhism arrived from China. Buddhist monks also introduced calligraphy, ink painting, origami, taiko and the Chinese architecture.
- The capital was Nara. It was a copy of the Chinese city of Xi’an.
- The Name of the country was changed from Wa (倭) to Nihon (日本).
- Todai-ji which has one of the world’s largest buddha statues and horyu-ji, a wooden building older than 1300 years, were built during the Nara period.
- China had a significant influence on Japan. The government created the Taiko Code borrowed from China.
- As part of the taiko reforms, the emperor created an army of conscripted peasants led by mounted archers in 702 AD. The mounted archers were called the samurai.
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