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Nara period (奈良時代, ならじだい, 710 - 784 C.E.)

An early stage of development of Japanese calligraphy. Starting with Asuka (飛鳥時代, あすかじだい, 538 - 710 C.E., please note that the dates may vary based on the historical events considered) and then continuing into Nara (奈良時代, 、ならじだい, 710 - 784 C.E.) periods, copying Buddhist sutras (写経, しゃきょう, shakyō) was a very popular practice. This practice greatly contributed to strengthening the appreciation for and fascination of Chinese culture. At that time, Japanese calligraphy was especially influenced by writing styles developed during the Chinese Jin (晉朝, 265 - 420 C.E.) and Tang (唐朝, 618 – 907 C.E.) dynasties. This general trend was called karayō (唐様, からよう, lit. “Tang style”), which means “Chinese style”. A great supporter of shakyou during its early stages was the Japanese prince Shōtoku (聖徳太子,, しょうとく たいし, 574 – 622).

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