Japan Tho

In this slide, the history of early Japan will be covered, including the Yamato clan and the Heinan period.

The Yamato clan was what birthed Japan as a political country.The story begins with a powerful kami, or a nature spirit. That kimi was the sun goddess, Amaterasu. Legend says that Japan's first emperor was the grandson of the goddess, and this emperor belonged to the Yamato clan. Located on the island of Honshu, the Yamato plain was a rich land great for farming. The clan controlled most of the island by about 500 A.D., and although they did not control all of Japan , the chiefs of the clan dubbed themselves emperor. Eventually, other clans gained power of the Yamato, and they ended up controlling the existing emperor rather than removing him. Press down on your mouse right here to learn more.

Next is the Heian Period from 794 A.D. until 1185. In 794, the emperor of Japan moved the capital to modern day Kyoto, called Heian at the time. Many of the nobles moved along with the emperor, where they developed a stylish court society, and it was this court where Japanese culture really started to flourish. The nobles lived in grand palaces and lived a life of ease. They passed the time by walking through beautiful gardens or admiring art and poetry. This was vastly different from the rest of the population. Nobles were also expected to act and dress certain ways, and to write poetry. Women read and wrote in Japanese, and wore beautiful 12 layered robes. In addition to having a rich culture of their own, the Japanese borrowed a lot from other places in Asia, mainly China and Korea. For more on this fascinating point in time, click here.

A Heian woman in noble attire.
The symbol of the Yam

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