Ancient Japan

Japanese Nobles Create Great Art

Have you ever heard of the " dwellers among the clouds." Sounds very calm and peaceful, don't you think? We'll that's exactly how nobles who lived apart of common people were called. These nobles enjoy living at ease. They love beauty and elegance, this cause effected them to be great supporters of the arts. As a result, the court at Heian became a great center of culture and learning.


Fashion. Have you ever wondered why different places dress differently. Japan's fashion for instance was the most unique. Women wore long gowns which was made of 12 different colored silks. They often carried decorative fans with flowers, trees, and birds painted on them. What an interesting combination. Now the question is would you wear this?


Guys and girls have been arguing for some time who is best at what. In Japan girls did it to win it. We'll in Japan women wrote diaries and journals about their lives at court. Men usually wrote in Chinese and women in Japanese. One of the greatest writers was LADY MURASAKI SHIKIBU. She wrote the Tale of Genji, this book is considered to be the world's first full-length novel. Her writing is clear and simple but graceful at the same time. I am even considering reading this book. Nobles love to read they even read poetry at parties. What a great idea get-together.

Visual Arts

There are many firms of art but, in Japan the most popular were paintings, calligraphy, and architecture. They used these bright and bold colors in the Tale of Genji. Many artist painted these designs on doors and furniture rather than on paper.


Have you ever copied someone else idea or design. We'll the Heain did this exactly. They greatly admired Chinese architecture. They copied their style features. For other building, the nobles liked simple airy designs with elegant gardens and ponds.

Performing Arts

Do you like magic tricks, musicians, jugglers, and acrobats. We'll this performing arts were also popular in Japan in the Heian period. Many people gather for these performances. These performances became into something serious. It formed into drama called Noh. Noh plays combine music, speaking, and dance. These plays often tell about great heroes or figures from Japan's past.