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View of the nearly finished reconstructed Daigoku-den Imperial Audience Hall: ..This is the site of the former Japanese capital of Heijo-kyo in Nara, Japan which was the seat of imperial power from 710 to 784 and linked to the Silk Road of Asia. This imperial city was also the founding of the ancient city of Nara which in 2010 will be celebrating it's 1300th anniversary in grand style. The site of Heijo-kyo designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1998 is located in a large rice field and has been under excavation for several years. Now the city has reconstructed some of the palace buildings which will be the focal point for the 1300th anniversary celebrations. This includes the recreated Imperial Audience Hall or Daigoku-den, as well as the Suzaku Gate. There will also be international conferences, carnivals, fairs and musical performances drawing on the era when Buddhism and the culture of China's Tang Dynasty flourished in Japan. There will also be a life-size replica of an ancient ship that carried Japanese envoys to and from Tang China. Another highlight will be the Corridor of Light festival to be held on August 20-27, 2010 when the palace will be lit up with a combination of candles and LED lights. The celebrations and festivities will kick off in April and run until November.
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