The nobles who followed Japan's emperor to heir wanted to winhisfavor by living close to him. In heian these nobles created an important court
Members of the noble court had little to do with the common people of Heian. They lived apart from poorer citizens and seldom left the city.
These nobles enjoyed their lives of ease and privilege. In fact their lives were so easy and so removed from the rest of Japan that many nobles of called dwellers among the clouds.
The noble's love of beauty began with their own appearances. They had magnificent wardrobes full of silk robes and gold jewelry.
Nobles loved elaborate outfits. For example women wore long gowns made of 12 layers of colored silk cleverly cut and folded to show off many layers at once.