Japanese Nobles Create Great Art

Back in ancient times, the nobles life style in Japan was easy and removing, and because of this they call themselves "dwellers among the clouds." Members of the court (nobles/An organized order the nobles created) love beauty and the elegance. And because of this love, so many nobles were great supporters of the arts. Therefor, the court at Heian became a great center of culture and learning for Japan. In fact, the time period between 794 and 1185 was a golden age of the arts in Japan.


The nobles' love of beauty had begun with their own appearances. The nobles loved elaborate outfits so much, that they stuffed their wardrobes full of silk robes and gold jewelry. For example, noble women wore long made of 12 layers of colored silk that had been cut and folded to show off many layers at once. To complete their beauty of their outfits, the nobles would often carry delicate decorative fans. The fans would usually have paintings of flowers, trees, and birds.


In addition to the way they looked, Japanese nobles also took great care with how they spoke and wrote. Writing was a very popular thing among the nobles, especially for the women. A lot of women wrote diaries and journals about their lives at court. So in diaries, these women chose their words carefully to make their writing beautiful. Unlike men, who usually wrote in Chinese, noble women wrote their diaries or journals in the Japanese language. As a result of this, a lot of the greatest works of early Japanese literature were written by women.

                                                                    Visual Art

Besides literature and fashion, Japanese nobles also loved the visual arts.