- a city on S Honshu, in central Japan: chief Buddhist center of ancient Japan; first capital of Japan a.d. 710–84.
- a period of Japanese history, a.d. 710–784, characterized by the adoption of Chinese culture and forms of government.
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Examples from the Web for nara
Now we paralleled the river, beyond whose far edge grew many slender-trunked nara trees; apparently they were Japanese oaks.Japan's Nuclear Ghost Towns
William T. Vollmann
May 2, 2011
The Nara statues on Park Avenue are meant to be as accessible as a pretty towel.
One guards the Park Avenue Armory, which just wrapped up a Nara show, and the other the Asia Society, which just opened one.
Not at all: Nara is also used as a proper name, as we shall see.Hindu Gods And Heroes
Lionel D. Barnett
On travelling to Nara I passed through the tea district of Oji.Ranching, Sport and Travel
At Nara where the great Buddha, 160 feet high, was already standing.
Previous to the Nara Period, the Japanese had been a semi-nomadic race.
What should you do if you were caught by some one at the Nara ascent?
- a city in central Japan, on S Honshu: the first permanent capital of Japan (710–784). Pop: 364 411 (2002 est)
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