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Japan’s oldest book is a religious text
Japan’s oldest book is a religious Buddhist text called the Hokekyo gisho, the authorship of which is generally attributed to Shotoku Taishi (574-622) in 615. It is a commentary, that stresses the importance of faith, on the Lotus sutra from the Asuka Period (538-710), a period when Buddhism first arrived in Japan from Korea and China. It is owned by the Imperial Family and is sometime also cited as Japanese oldest calligraphy.
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