Art and culture in ancient japan
by trey "Gomez" funk

Welcome to my tackk, I am trey funk and this will be about early Japanese imperial courtier's and they're contributions to art and culture in the imperial court at Heian. NOTE: courtiers are nobles at a court.

                                           JAPANESE NOBLES CREATE ART

Japanese nobles created the imperial court to earn favor and to be closer to him. Japanese courtiers were so well removed from the commoners of japan by such a large margin that they called themselves "dwellers among the clouds." The courtiers loved beauty and elegance and many were strong supporters of the arts. The as a result, Heian became a great center of culture and learning. In fact, the period between 794 and 1185 was a golden age of the arts of japan.


The courtiers love of beauty began with they're own appearance. They had magnificent wardrobes full of silk robes and gold jewelry. Female courtiers wore long gowns made  of twelve layers of coloured silk cut and folded to show off multiple layers at once. To complete they're outfit, they often carried delicate, decorative fans painted with scenes of nature, and (for unknown reasons) they also attached flowers and long silk cords to they're fans.


In addition to how they appeared, Japanese courtiers took great care in they're education, writing was very popular among the nobles, especially among the female nobles. Many  ladies of noble birth kept diaries and journals about daily court life and made to it that their writing appeared exquisite. Unlike men, who often wrote in that crude  language of the Chinese, women wrote in the graceful language of Japanese, as a result, many of the greatest works of the early Japanese people were written by female nobility.

                                                               Visual arts

Besides literature, Japan's nobles indulged in the visual arts. The most popular of the era being: paintings, calligraphy, and architecture. Painting of the time bequeathed  fine, bright, bold colours to the eye, and often beheld a story to those as inquisitive to search the illustrations for one. In fact, some the the greatest paintings of the time held images from literature. Other painting of the time featured scenes of nature or life in court.


The nobles of the great city of Heian worked to grace their city with beauty by modeling it after the beautiful eastern star of Chang'an by modeling they're buildings after Chinese architecture, especially shrines to they're Kami. These styles featured unpainted, natural, wooden frames curved slightly upward at the ends

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