Definition from Wiktionary, the free dictionary
|simpl. and trad.|
- Nara, Japan
|Kanji in this term|
According to the ancient Japanese book Nihon Shoki, the name "Nara" derived from the Japanese verb 平す (narasu, “to flatten”). Kunio Yanagida stated, in "The Study of Place Names", Nara stands for flatland..
- ^ In September in the tenth year of Emperor Sujin, "then, leading selected soldiers, (the rebels) went forward, climbed Nara-yama (hills lying to the north of Heijō-kyō) and put them in order. Now the imperial forces gathered and flattened trees and plants. Therefore the mountain is called Nara-yama."
- ^ 柳田国男 YANAGIDA Kunio (1936), 『地名の研究』 (The Study of Place Names), 古今書院, pp.217-219