Heian period

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History of Japan

The Heian period (平安時代 Heian jidai?) is a time in the Japanese history from 794 to 1185. This grouping of years is named after city of Heian-kyō, which is the early name of present day Kyoto.[1]

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The Heian period began in 794 when the capital of Japan was moved to Heian-kyō. It lasted until 1185, which is the beginning of the Kamakura period.[2]

In this period Kyoto was the center of Japanese culture. Outside of the capital people lived in tiny countries ruled by sorcerer queens.It was also in this period that the first known novel was published.It's author was a woman.Poetry was very popular in Heian-kyo at the time.

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  1. Library of Congress Country Studies, Japan,"Nara and Heian Periods"; retrieved 2011-10-20.
  2. Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2002). "Heian-jidai" in Japan Encyclopedia, p. 302.
  3. Brown, Delmer M. (1979). Gukanshō, pp. 277-279.
  4. History of Tendai Buddhism; retrieved 2011-10-20.
  5. Koyosan Shingon Buddhism, Kobo Daishi; retrieved 2011-10-20.
  6. Titsingh, Isaac. (1834). Annales des empereurs du japon, pp. 115-121; Brown, pp. 286-288; Varley, H. Paul. (1980). Jinnō Shōtōki, pp. 166-17.
  7. Kitagawa, Hiroshi et al. (1975). The Tale of the Heike, p. 222.
  8. Asian Historical Architecture, Byōdō-in; retrieved 2011-10-20.
  9. Titsingh, p. 171; Brown, p. 316; Varley, p. 202.
  10. Kitagawa, p. 787; Titsingh, pp. 211-212.

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