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This introductory chapter provides a brief overview of the book Nagaoka: Japan's Forgotten Capital. The Nagaoka capital was constructed in 784 in the Otokuni district of Yamashiro province by order of the late eighth-century sovereign Kanmu. Structurally, the book is divided in four parts, each covering a major theme with regard to research on the existence of the Nagaoka capital. Part one begins with Kanmu?s rise to power and discusses the events leading to the abandonment of the Nara capital. It addresses question: Why was the area of Nagaoka village chosen as the site of the new capital? Part two concerns the construction of the Nagaoka palace and capital. Part three examines the definitive layout of the Nagaoka palace and capital. The fourth and final part focusses on problem concerning the Nagaokakyo era: Why abandon a capital after a mere ten years only to move to another location close by?.

Keywords: Kanmu; Nagaoka capital; Nagaoka palace; Nara capital



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