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  • Japanese: 飛鳥寺 (Asuka dera)

Asuka-dera, established in the 6th century, was the first full-scale Buddhist temple in Japan.

Magatama and other ritual objects were buried with the foundation stones; scholars today take this as indicative of the transitional period in Japanese religion taking place at that time.


  • Gallery labels, "Izumo and Yamato," special exhibition, Tokyo National Museum, Feb 2020.
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