Ancient Japan

Japan's first emperor, grandson of the sun goddess Amaterasu, belonged to the Yamato clan.  The Yamato clan was located on the Yamato plain, which was an area full of rich farming land. If you click on the picture above, you will be taken to a website. Read each page and click the next button located at the bottom of each page and continue reading to the bottom of the page titled Heian Era to learn more about both the Yamato clan and the Heian period.

Watch this short 3 minute video to find about more about the culture on the Yamato plain and how the Yamato clan rose to power.

The Heian period in Japan lasted from 794 to 1185 was labeled by privilege, elegance, beauty, and ease for those in the court. Court life was very removed from common life, so much so that the people in the court were referred to as "dwellers among the clouds". The women created several works of literature, including poetry and what is considered to be the world's first full length novel. The Fujiwara family controlled Japan during the majority of the Heian period.