Yamato Sanzan

Yamato Sanzan (大和三山) or "the three mountains of Yamato", in Kashihara, Nara Prefecture, Japan, are Mount Amanokagu (香具山), Mount Unebi (畝傍山), and Mount Miminashi (耳成山). Celebrated in Japanese poetry, they have been jointly designated a Place of Scenic Beauty.[1][2] Jimmu, first Emperor of Japan, is said to have built his palace on the southeast side of Mt Unebi; he is enshrined at Kashihara Jingū.[3] Archaeological study in the 1990s has shown that, rather than their surrounding Fujiwara-kyō on three sides, the "palace-city" was so large as to encompass the three mountains.[4]

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  1. ^ "大和三山" [Yamato Sanzan] (in Japanese). Agency for Cultural Affairs. Retrieved 17 May 2012.
  2. ^ "大和三山" [Yamato Sanzan] (in Japanese). Kashihara City. Retrieved 17 May 2012.
  3. ^ "Information of Kashihara". Kashihara City. Retrieved 17 May 2012.
  4. ^ Ooms, Hermann (2009). Imperial Politics and Symbolics in Ancient Japan: The Tenmu Dynasty, 650-800. University of Hawaii Press. p. 79. ISBN 9780824832353.