The study begins by exploring Heian-kyo highly idealized urban plan as adapted from Chinese models in the 8th century. In chapter 1, particular attention is also given to the city’s founding principles and prescriptions. Topics that receive close attention in this chapter include: The extent of continental influences, the nature of the Heian/Kyoto grid pattern, the role of geomancy, and the prescribed architectural style of the capital elite (shinden-style).
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