Japan

Yamato Clan and Heian Period

Japan

The Yamato Clan

The Yamato Clan

The first son of the goddess of the son, Amaterasu, was the emperor of the Yamato Clan. Yamato did not have control over all of Japan, but the chiefs called themselves the emperors of Japan. Other clans started to gain power over Yamato, eventually causing the emperors to have no real authority, but serving more as a figure of a ruler than an actual one.

The picture above is Amaterasu. Who was believed to be a sun goddess. The Yuan Clan claimed Amaterasu as their ancestor.

The Heian Period

The Heian Period is known for their elegant and stylish court society.  Nobles in this era lived in beautiful palaces. They would spend their leisure time walking through the beautiful gardens or admiring art and poetry. Women often wore elegant gowns made of silk. The women were also allowed to read and write, and quite enjoyed it. They were not allowed to learn Chinese, so they were taught Japanese. During most of the Heian Period, the Fujiwara family controlled Japan. They often married their daughters to the heirs in order to keep the throne.

This is an Heian women in her elaborate and elegant silk gown.  To learn more about the Heian Period, click the button below.

Learn more about the Heian Period in the video above. Though it has no sound, it has amazing pictures and great information.

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