Suzuka Mountain Pass, Kyusuke journeyed on beyond Lake Biwa near Otsu. When he finally
arrived in Kyoto, the plum trees were in bloom and one could hear nightingales singing in
bamboo groves as the gentle spring wind whispered through their swaying branches.
Kyusuke was filled with amazement at the beauty of Heiankyo (Kyoto during the
Heian Period). A Court carriage passed before him, and as Kyusuke looked wide-eyed at the
elegant figure of its passenger, he remarked to himself, "That beautiful lady must
surely be a princess!"
In the year 794, Emperor Kanmu moved the capitol from Heijokyo in Nara to Kyoto.
It then became known as Heiankyo and he ruled the country from there.
This change brought the Nara Period to a close and inaugurated the Heian Period in