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09/12/2017

About powerful local ruling families in the Asuka period

The Asuka period ranged from the later 6th century to the mid 7th century. The Asuka period coincides with the later Kofun period. The period was named after the place where the capital was located, today's Asuka-village in Nara prefecture.

The Yamato Imperial Court governed Japan in the period. The Court was organized by local lords and led by Okimi; later Emperor. The top of the Court was Okimi, but two major local ruling families had immense power in those days. One of them was Soga and the other was Mononobe. Soga and Mononobe had seriously conflict, because Soga supported Buddhism and Mononobe supported Shinto.

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Horyuji-Temple in Nara prefecture

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Shimogamo-Shinto Shrine in Kyoto

In 587, Umako Soga destroyed Mononobe and obtained overwhelming power in the Court.  In 592, Umako Soga assassinated the Sushun Emperor  and made Suiko succeed to the throne as the first Empress. Umako Soga wielded very strong power in the Court.

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