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Heian Period 794-1185



In 794 the capital was moved to Heiankyo (now Kyoto). During the Heian period a more distinctive Japanese art culture developed. Around 1005 Lady Murasaki Shikibu, a lady-in-waiting to the Empress Akiko, wrote the tale of Genji Monogatari. It is believed to be the first novel in the world. It deals with the life and love adventures of Prince Genji, a kind of medieval womanizer.

In the 9th century the emperors began to retire from the business of governing the country. The Fujiwara family rose to power. During their rule, also called the Fujiwara period, Japanese arts and literature flourished.

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