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Maiko Momotaro in a Dove Pattern Kimono 1922 The Dove has a long history in Japanese myths and legends and is considered the embodiment of the guardian god of battles, who protects the people of Japan from war.

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The Great Buddha at Nara (Tōdai-ji), 752 CE - The Nara period of the history of Japan covers the years from AD 710 to 794. Empress Gemmei established the capital of Heijō-kyō (present-day Nara). Except for 5 years (740–745), when the capital was briefly moved again, it remained the capital of Japanese civilization until Emperor Kammu established a new capital, Nagaoka-kyō, in 784 before moving to Heian-kyō, or Kyoto, a decade later in 794.

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