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Kyoto Gosho, old imperial palace

The old capital of Kyoto has weathered many vicissitudes in its long history of wars and truces. The vivid crimson of the Heian Shrine, built overshadowing the Heian Palace, allows one to imagine what the freshness of that old city must have been like in its youth. With the passing of many eras and numerous shifts in power, the history of the capital, spanning over 1000 years, and ending when the last Tokugawa shogun returned sovereignty to the emperor from within the walls of Nijo Castle, represents the very course of Japanese history from ancient times to its arrival at the modern state.

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