Abstract

Abstract:

This study brings together archaeological and textual evidence to show how the port and palace at Naniwa, the predecessor of modern Osaka, held more importance for seventh- and eighth-century Japan than is visible from official histories promulgated by the court, with the site possibly having been used as a political center by the mid-seventh-century ruler Kōtoku. Thus the article constructs an alternate reading of what Naniwa meant to the early Japanese court, and it also provides a model for the advancement of historical understanding through the comparison of multiple types of sources traditionally not considered within the purview of a single discipline.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1880-1390
Print ISSN
0027-0741
Pages
pp. 1-32
Launched on MUSE
2019-09-28
Open Access
No
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