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What was the Nara period like?

The Nara period spans most of the eighth century, from 710 to 794, marking the years when the present-day city of Nara was the seat of the capital.
This capital was called Heijokyo.
The Nara period saw the centralization of power and the implementation of the ritsuryo (legal codes) system of government.
Buddhism flourished in the middle of the sixth century in Japan under the protection of the state.
It was during this period, that the world's largest existing bronze sculpture of Buddha - the Great Buddha of Todaiji temple - was built.
Foreign interaction thrived during this period, with a number of embassies dispatched to Tang China.
China exerted a great influence on the culture, and was in turn influenced by the cultures of Korea, India and Persia.