Nara holds ceremony marking the ancient capital’s 1,300th anniversary

A ceremony was held Friday in Nara to mark the 1,300th anniversary of the move of Japan’s capital to Heijo-kyo, where it remained for much of the eighth century, with both Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko in attendance.

About 1,700 guests, including representatives of nearly 50 foreign governments, gathered outside the restored Daigokuden palace on the site of the former capital, as dancers dressed in uniforms of military and civilian officers of the period and court ladies welcomed them with ancient music inspired by China’s Tang Dynasty.

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