Nobles took great care on how they looked, as well as in their writing and speech. Writing was popular among the noble women. The women wrote in diaries about their lives in court, and carefully chose words that made beautiful writings. Men wrote in Chinese and the women wrote in Japanese, in result many documents were written by women. Lady Murasaki Shikibu was one of the greatest writers in early Japanese history. She wrote the first full-length novel called, "The Tale of Genji". Both men and women wrote poems. They were called haikus, had 5 lines, about love or nature. They followed an out line of syllables, or about everyday events.

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