Updated at 2022-04-25
Kansai is a popular tourist destination in Japan. Nara is famous not only for its Shika deer but also for its profound historical and cultural heritage. As the former capital of Japan, Nara, once known as Heijo-kyo, was Japan's political, economic, and cultural center. It also kept in close cultural exchange with the Tang Dynasty. Although the capital was later moved to present-day Kyoto, Nara remained the religious center of Japan. Today, ancient buildings such as the Todai-ji and Kofuku-ji bear witness to the glorious era of Japanese culture. These well-preserved structures are now the cultural assets of the ancient Nara and are listed as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. This oil painting depicts a scene from ancient Nara.
Flag: The flag of Japan is known as the "Flag of Sun," a red disc centered on a white rectangular banner). The ratio of the flag is 2:3, and the diameter of the red disk is three-fifths of the vertical length, with the center of the red disk aligned with the center of the flag.
National Day: February 11
Area: 377,976 square kilometers
Population: Approx. 125 million
Currency: Japanese Yen
Government: Constitutional monarchy, separation of powers