News ID: 264337
Published: 0324 GMT January 14, 2020

New discovery shows Persian settlement in Japan in 765 CE

New discovery shows Persian settlement in Japan in 765 CE

Japanese researchers say they have found evidence of at least one Persian man living in Japan’s ancient city of Nara in the eighth century.

According to Japan’s national broadcasting organization, NHK, using infrared light on a piece of antique wood, Japanese investigators found there was a Persian man in Japan that most probably was an educator in the court of the emperor living in the year 765, IRNA wrote. 

The antique wood on which there were some writings was uncovered about 50 years ago in the Heijo-kyo palace in Nara, but then, the technology of rebuilding the scripts did not exist.

The writings on the wood show that in 736 under emperor Shōmu, a Persian man came from China to Japan. After receiving him, the emperor gave him a high status in the court.

Researcher believe that ‘Hashino Kiumichi’ which can be read on the wood is the Persian man's Japanese name.

Since January 2017, the wood has been on public display at the Heijo-kyo Historical Museum in Nara, which was the then capital of Japan.


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