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Sunday, March 20, 2016

How Kyoto Got Its Name

Above, Kyoto's Kinkaku-ji Golden Pavilion. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Ever wondered how the city of Kyoto, Japan got its name?

The Japan News (Yomiuri Shimbun) has an article detailing how the name of the old capital of Japan became Kyoto.

It starts with:
When was Kyoto first called Kyoto? With the relocation of the nation's capital by Emperor Kanmu in 794, the new capital was established as Heiankyo. But it was often called by other names such as "kyo," "keishi" and "kyo no miyako." 
 To read more, go here.

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