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The Nihon Shoki, also called Nihon-gi or the "Chronicles of Japan," is a text that contains a historical record of actual and mystical events during the establishment of Japan. It consists of 30 chapters, and begins from the Creation myth up to 647 AD. This text is the second-oldest written history (could almost be considered a 'sequel' to the Kojiki), and was compiled in 720 AD by order of the Imperial court .While the first half contains the mythical record commonly used in Shinto thought, the later chapters containing info from the 5th century onward are more historically accurate.

Synopsis by Chapter

Key Details

  • Records of the imperial family and several of the politically powerful clans
  • Describes the events which introduced Buddhism and the Taika reforms of the 7th century.

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