Nara - Ancient capital of Japan before Kyoto. Birth place of the history. 1300 years ago, this place was chosen with a deep respect to nature and a wish to create the new state under the philosophy of Buddhism. Since then, everything has been well preserved here for generations. Born and raised in Nara, Mr. Koichi Hozan, an experienced film creator, vividly depicts an attraction of this marvelous city and his own attachment to it. Rather than to introduce the famous Great Buddha or the tourist events, he focuses on transition
of nature and seasons that embrace the historical temples. The title ‘Colors of NARA’ impressively represents many of beautiful colors in the film. Through his eyes we can even feel tranquility of lights, water, and winds, that are the same as the people had felt 1300 years ago. Original scores perfectly in tune with the film are composed/performed by Mr. Tomoo NOGAMI (orchestration) and Ms. Kaori SUMI (piano). Both artists voluntary offered their works to make his film more harmonious. Nara City Tourist Association would sincerely like to appreciate for a chance to use this wonderful film for promotion.
Nara was the capital of Japan from 710 to 784. It lies in the north end of Nara Prefecture. (40km to Kyoto and 32km to Osaka) UNESCO listed the 8 sites located in Nara City as World Heritage in 1998 (Historic
monuments of old Japanese capital of Nara), 7 of which are featured in this film (below 1-7).
1. Todaiji Temple
2. Kofukuji Temple
3. Kasuga-taisha Shrine
4. Gangoji Temple
5. Yakushiji Temple
6. Toshodaiji Temple
7. Heijo-kyu Palace site
8. Kasugayama Primeval Forest