From May 1974 until March 1985, Kenji Inui wrote the column “Hometown Legends” for the prefectural news magazine Kensei Nara.

Published on the 1300th anniversary of Empress Gemmei’s establishment of Heijo-kyo as the capital at the beginning of the Nara Period, “Legends of Nara” contains 124 tales of history, legend and culture collected from Kenji Inui’s serialized stories. Illustrated with artwork by Isao Takechi, which accompanied the original newspaper articles, the stories are of emperors and empresses, ordinary people and gods, success and failure, rebellion and war. Nara and its citizens are traced from pre-history to the 20th century.

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