Nara (135.85E 34.673N) was the earliest Japanese center of Buddhism, which arrived from China in the 7th century. The Horyuji temple is one of the oldest wooden buildings in the world. Nara was also near the location of the Yamato mercury mine (135.978E 34.473N) producing about 88 tons a year in 1941.
Van Royen and Bowles (1952)
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