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Asuka, Nara
Asuka

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Village
Top left: Ishibutai (Stone Stage) Tomb, Top right: Asuka Temple, Middle left: Mount Maruko Tomb, Middle right: Mizuochi Ruin, Bottom left: Nara Prefectural Manyo Museum, Bottom right: Asuka Historical Reference Museum
Top left: Ishibutai (Stone Stage) Tomb, Top right: Asuka Temple, Middle left: Mount Maruko Tomb, Middle right: Mizuochi Ruin, Bottom left: Nara Prefectural Manyo Museum, Bottom right: Asuka Historical Reference Museum
Flag of Asuka
Flag
Official seal of Asuka
Emblem
Location of Asuka in Nara Prefecture
Location of Asuka in Nara Prefecture
Asuka is located in Japan
Asuka
Asuka
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 34°2?N 135°49?E / 34.033°N 135.817°E / 34.033; 135.817Coordinates: 34°2?N 135°49?E / 34.033°N 135.817°E / 34.033; 135.817
CountryJapan
RegionKansai
PrefectureNara Prefecture
DistrictTakaichi
Government
 o MayorYuichi Morikawa (since October 2011)
Area
 o Total24.08 km2 (9.30 sq mi)
Population
(April 1, 2017)
 o Total5,681
 o Density240/km2 (610/sq mi)
Symbols
 o TreeZelkova serrata
 o FlowerCitrus tachibana
Time zoneUTC+9 (JST)
City hall address55 ?aza Oka, Asuka-mura, Nara-ken
634-0111
Websitewww.asukamura.jp
the Ishibutai Kofun in Asuka
Okadera

Asuka (?, Asuka-mura) is a village located in Takaichi District, Nara Prefecture, Japan.

As of April 1, 2017, the village has an estimated population of 5,681, with 2,170 households,[1] and a population density of 240 persons per km². The total area is 24.08 km².

Asuka is the land where ancient Asuka () palaces were located. There are strict rules governing construction in this historic town.

Asuka can be reached from Okadera or Asuka Station on Kintetsu Yoshino Line train line. Although it's outside Asuka, Kashiharajing?-mae Station in neighboring Kashihara has service on the Kintetsu Kashihara Line, Minami Osaka Line and Yoshino Lines. By car, Asuka is on Route 169.

History

For the ancient Asuka, see Asuka period and Asuka, Yamato.

In 1956, the village of Asuka () was founded as a result of a merger of three villages, Sakaai, Takechi and Asuka ().

In 1966, Asuka was proclaimed a "historic town", as defined by the national Special Arrangement for Preservation of Historic Sites Law [1] as well as Kyoto, Nara and Kamakura. The law restricts constructions and other civil engineering operations in the designated areas due preservation of the historic sites. In 1967, a part of Asuka, around 391ha in area, was designated as a historic site for preservation. Along with this decision, the government planned to build Asuka National Historic Park, for which construction was launched in 1966 and finished in 1994.

In 1972, a site with colorfully painted murals from the late Asuka period was found in the Takamatsuzuka Tomb.

Since the Special Arrangement for Preservation of Historic Sites Law (1966) restricts any visual changes in the areas which it concerns, it has directly affected the daily life of residents. To preserve the site, they have had to give up some elements of modern life. As compensation, the Asuka Law, which aims to preserve the site effectively and give economic support for Asuka residents, was settled in 1980.

Asuka stones and Kofun

In various parts of the Asuka region are unusual carved granite stones the largest of which is Masuda no iwafune. This is a large stone structure approximately 11 meters in length, 8 meters in width, and 4.7 meters In height. The upper surface is flat, with a shallow trough and two square holes. This is located on top of a hill just a few hundred meters west of Okadera Station. How or why this colossal stone and others was carved remains a mystery. They appear to be a different style than later Buddhist sculptures.[2][3] There are also several nearby kofuns or tombs including the Ishibutai Kofun which is built from massive boulders including one that weighs an estimated 75 tons. This may have been the tomb of Soga no Umako.[4]

Surrounding municipalities

Places of interest

Sister cities

See also

References

  1. ^ "Official website of Asuka Village" (in Japanese). Japan: Asuka Village. Retrieved 2017.
  2. ^ http://www2.gol.com/users/stever/asukas.htm[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ http://www.megalithic.co.uk/search.php?query=&topic=&author=&sitetype=44&county=602&category=&type=stories
  4. ^ http://www.asukanet.gr.jp/asukahome/ASUKA2/ASUKAKOFUN/isibutaiK.html

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