Grave of Ono Yasumaro

100 years Japanese architecture called Machiya, HARUYA propose a journey on the theme of “Kojiki”, Japanese Myths. Following the design and living of Machiya where Japanese traditional culture has Condensed, that roots mostly will reach at “Kojiki”. This time we show “Grave of Ono Yasumaro”.


Although it is ordinary for Japanese people, in fact, Japanese writing way that using “Phonogram” and “ideograms” in the same sentence in Japanese writing, is very rare in the world. Japanese people use 3 different character, “kanji”, “hiragana” and “katakana” in 1 sentence simultaneously. “Japanese language”, this complex and beautiful languages has the roots that Ono Yasumaro wrote “Kojiki”.

In the preamble of Kojiki, “Kojiki” was written by Ono Yasumaro, following a story recounted by Hieda no Are. Despite being in the preamble, reality of Ono Yasumaro has not been known until recently. In 1986, graves and copper plates were found from tea fields in Nara and it became big news.

Since it is a historical person about 1,300 years ago, many characters written in wooden books lost as it rotates, but words written on the copper plate was found. With the copper plate, Ono Yasumaro lived in Shijo Shoubō of Sakyo, the rank and the honor were the fourth ranked five warliors, and passed away on July 6, 723. The real image became clear.

Kojiki’s preamble is written in dignified Chinese sentences, but the text is written in “Manyou gana” that point Japanese pronunciation for kanji. The “Manyou gana” invention produces the later “Katakana” and “Hiranaga” character, leads to the “Tails of Genji”, and continues to Japanese writing way.

The grave of Ono Yasumaro is located in the hinterland which passed through the World Heritage · Kasuga Primord Forest, which has a famous Nara park with deer. In addition to going for a walk with “Takizaka no Michi”, we can visit by bus, although the number is limited. It is on a small hill surrounded by tea fields.

From Kyoto and Nara with HARUYA, to the landscape of “Kojiki”, HARUYA will continue to connect Japan’s old days, now and the future. HARUYA has proposed polite lifestyles and lifestyles deepening by incorporating traditional culture.

The grave of Ono Yasumaro Overview

● Duration: whole year
● Application: not required
● Cost: Free
● Place: 445 Kogase cho Nara, Nara Prefecture

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