- 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
Previous to the Nara Period, the Japanese had been a semi-nomadic race.
At Nara where the great Buddha, 160 feet high, was already standing.
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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