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The ruins are what remain of the lives of the people of the ancient times. If you stand in front of the ruins with your eyes closed you get a sense of slipping back in time to the ASUKA Era.
According to the [NIHON SHOKI] (The Crown Prince shall make a devise so the people will know the time of day) just as described this structure was built to tell time with a system of falling water. The Crown Prince responsible for this facility was Prince NAKA NO OE who was intrigued by the aquatic systems which tied the continents and adopting similar principles and products this facility was used as a water clock; in those days, this was a very innovative facility. A model of MIZUOCHI ISEKI can be seen at ASUKA Historical Museum
Empress KOUGYOKU’s palace ruins and the stage for the ISSHI Incident (Taika Reforms). Continuously being excavated, ISHI JIKI Square and OOIDO Well ruins were found. (At the same location), While excavating the many layers of the palace, the upper layer revealed a duplicate palace believed to be Emperor TENMU’s ASUKA KIYOMIHARA NO MIYA.
On the small hillside northwest of ASUKADERA this multi-use facility’s remains were found. Along with glass, gold and silver artifacts, thousands of wooden briefs have been excavated. Also, there is evidence that FUHONSEN or ancient coins were cast here. It is now known that these FUHONSEN coins outdate the WADOUKAICHI (previously known as the oldest currency of Japan), therefore making it the oldest coin casting facility. The ASUKA IKE KOUBOU ISEKI can be seen in a restoration model at the MANYO Cultural Center Also, the first recovered FUHONSEN coins are on exhibit.