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  •                                    Social Position1
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  • Beauty and Fashion
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  • Rank was of high importance in the Heian period. There were 9 main ranks but 30 sub ranks in total. Kings and nobles made up the first three ranks. lower landowners that got their money from rice farms filled up fourth and fifth. People like merchants and peasants made up sixth through ninth ranks. 
  •                                  Entertainment
  • Different ranks meant different privileges. Members of different ranks had different houses and carriages. Rank could be identified by the number of folds a persons fan has. More folds, higher rank. Rank also determined the harshness of a punishment, the color of clothes a person could wear and how much money they could receive.
  • Sculpture and Painting
  • The Japanese admired beauty and fashion. Beauty was valued more than kindness and generosity. To look nice people also had to respect art poetry and nature. Both men and women took care of their hair. At that time white teeth was considered unattractive so both men and women blackened their teeth and women powdered their faces white to look nice.
  • Writing and Literature
  • Sports, games and contests were popular in Heian Japan. This included horse racing, archery and sumo wrestling. Sumo wrestling was where men or boys tried to push each other out of a ring using their bodies. Another game that nobles played was Kemari. Kemari was where people threw a leather ball in the air and kicked it around until it fell down to the ground. Beauty contests were also a source of entertainment.
  • Japanese painters and sculptors were still influenced by Chinese art but some created a different way. Jocho, the sculptor of the Buddha statue, created a technique where he would make the body of a wooden statue and attach the head and limbs with holes and pegs. For painting, the Japanese created a style where they would draw their scenes with thin lines and paint them in with bright colors.
  • Writing and calligraphy was very valued in Japan. In the beginning of the Heian period people mainly used Chinese style writing. But over time they used katakana and hiragana. Katakana is a formal language. It was used in letters and important writings. Hiragana was considered women's writing and it was written in simple characters that were easier to read and write in.
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