ASUKA: A culture and period in Japanese history during which the development of art, the introduction of Buddhism from Korea, and the adoption of a Chinese pattern of government were important. Located in the southwestern part of the Nara Basin (Yamato Plain), the culture flourished from ad 552 to 645. In art history, the Asuka culture refers to early Buddhist art and architecture in the northern Wei style. In chronology, the Asuka period refers more to the reign of the Soga family during which Buddhism was promoted and a formal administrative structure with diplomatic relations was introduced. Many old temples and palaces are or contain surviving examples of Asuka architecture, sculpture, and paintings.
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