Shosoin Repository

[ Photo: Imperial Household Agency }

Nara an old capital of Japan (A.D.710-784) is the terminal town of the Silk Road. Treasures brought to Nara through the Silk Road are kept in this wooden building called Shosoin Repository which is located near and north-northwest of the Great Buddha Hall.

The foundation date of the building is not clear, but according to Todaiji literature it became popular after the valuable objects left by the 45th Emperor, Shomu Ten-no (A.D.701-756), were deposited in this building.

Deer in Nara

People in Nara are friendly to deer, and never tease them. In effect, the animals are not afraid of humans; some of them jump into private backyards in the evening to stay overnight there.

Revised April 9, 2017
Jan. 1, 2016
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