The Japanese Nobles moved to Heian with the emperor and lived near him to win his favor but they didn't care about the people of Heian. The nobles of the court and the nobles lives were so easy and detached from the city so they happened to call themselves "dwellers among the clouds".
The nobles also loved beauty and elegance. Many of the nobles were great supporters of the arts, making the Heian a great center of culture. The nobles loved fashion and tried to spread their fashion with other people. Their fashion consisted of silk robes, gold jewelry, and many other shining and colorful accessories. The Nobles also loved elaborate outfits. The women wore vivid, long gowns made of 12 layers of shining silk.
The Nobles literature was very important to them and their lifestyle because it showed expressions and creativity through writing. As you can see, writing was very popular in the nobles' and womens' lives. The women wrote diaries about their lives in court. Their visual art was also important to the nobles. Their most famous parts of their arts were paintings, calligraphy, and architecture.