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Japan’s oldest book is a religious text
Japan’s oldest surviving 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 sometimes also cited as an example of the oldest Japanese calligraphy.
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