|KEY WORD : art history / general terms|
|Lit. ancient periods. A period that includes the introduction of Buddhisim to Japan in 530/552, the Asuka period (552-646), the early and late Nara periods (646-794), and the Heian period (794-1185). Architecture during these centuries showed strong Chinese influence tempered gradually by Japanese taste. During the 12c, the term *wayou 和様 (Japanese style), came to be used for the architectural styles developed between 530-1185 to distinguish it from the new styles developed after that period.|
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