Your browser does not support JavaScript, or it is disabled.Please check the site policy for more information. A stone-paved floor and stone ditches unearthed at the North Pond of the Asukakyo ruins garden-and-pond complex in Asuka, Nara Prefecture (Sayuri Ide) ASUKA, Nara Prefecture–Researchers uncovered a water channel created with stones in the ruins here of an elaborate imperial court garden built in the latter half of the seventh century. The Asukakyo ruins garden-and-pond complex, which contained two artificial ponds, located north and south, is believed to be the site of Japan’s first court garden adjacent to an imperial palace. The Archaeological Institute of Kashihara announced that the North Pond features masonry ditches stretching over about 11.5 meters as well as remnants of a stone-paved floor. Archaeologists said it was likely the site of court water rituals dating to the Kofun Period (late third to seventh centuries). The garden-and-pond complex, which has been designated by the central government as a “historic site” and “place of scenic beauty,” lies northwest of the Asuka palace ruins, where imperial residences stood during the Asuka Period (592-710). It...