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c. 8000 BC
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Humans cross from eastern Siberia to the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido, according to the earliest traces left by the Jomon culture

23 BC
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Sukune, according to tradition, wins the first sumo wrestling contest and becomes patron saint of the sport

c. 350
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The clan ruling the Yamato plain becomes so powerful that its chieftain is seen as the emperor of Japan

c. 400
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The Yamato clan adapt Shinto to their own purposes, and claim imperial descent from the sun

538
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A Buddhist image, sent as a gift from Korea, introduces the religion to Japan

607
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Prince Shotoku Taishi, an enthusiastic patron of Buddhism, builds the Horyuji temple and pagoda at Nara

710
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The Japanese imperial court makes its capital city at Nara, based on the Chinese example of Xi'an

735
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Japanese tradition gives this as the year in which the game of I-go, known in the west as go, is introduced from China

768
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The empress of Japan, in a remarkable start to the story of printing, commissions a million copies of a Buddhist charm

794
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The Japanese imperial court moves to a new capital city - Kyoto


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