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Jomon Period

Japan Time Line Edo Period Momoyama Period Muromachi Period Heian Period Nara Period Asuka Period Kofun Period Yayoi Period Jomon Period

From This Period

Nio Guardian
Nio Guardians

Jizo Bosatsu
Jizo Bosatsu

Kamakura Period


In 1185, Minamoto no Yorimoto proclaimed himself the Shogun (military dictator) of the country and moved the seat of government to Kamakura, a small village in Eastern Japan that gives its name to this historical period. The new government soon set about rebuilding many temples in Nara that had been destroyed during military campaigns. Sculptors were inspired by the works of the late Nara period, but created a new style with greater emphasis on realism. Secular paintings, too, were more realistic and literal in conception, in accordance to the military leaders' pragmatism.