of Japan’s Nara International Foundation (NIFS) were curious about the
reason for the relative absence of significant signs of Buddhist culture
in Iran and thus asked for permission to participate in the study, which
begins in the next few days, Karim Alizadeh said.
team will conduct the study traveling from east to west in the provinces
of Khorasan, Semnan, Tehran, Hamedan, Kordistan, and most likely
Kermanshah over the course of one month,” he added.
Fahimi from Iran and Tsuchi Hashirikobe from Japan are the co-directors of
the team, which includes four Japanese experts.
a public-service corporation established by the governor of Nara
prefecture in July 1989, aims to develop Nara into a center for historical
and cultural research on the Silk Road, based on the achievements of the
Silk Road Exposition of 1988. Additional objectives of the foundation are
to promote international exchanges, further understanding of Japanese life
in foreign countries, and encourage activation of the local community.
is a city in the south of Honshu in central Japan. It was the chief
Buddhist center of ancient Japan and the capital of the country for 74
years from 710 to 784 CE.