The Heian Dynasty 794-1185 AD
Japan's Golden Age of Peace
By Abdel Diab
The Rise of the Heian Dynasty
What does HEIAN mean
Isolation of Heian Japan
Timeline of JAPAN
The Tale of Genji
The popular drink of Heian was sake, or rice wine. This was a strong wine made from partly cooked rice that had gone moldy. The central government also fostered the development of the technology to establish irrigation systems that would increase yields from the field. Fishing was a major activity too. The Heian trade was very slight. They exported fine woods, products of the sea, and some weapons.
Society was greatly affected by samurai and their lifestyles. Samurai taught and showed others that they were self-disciplined, strong, and had dignity.
They also developed new military tactics and protected the daimyo land and fought for shogun leaders.
Samurai were very up-to-date. Every time a new weapon was invented, it was mastered by them. By the 12th century, samurai war leaders rose in power. Samurai were trained even in peaceful tomes. Both men and women were trained, but only men got to go to war. Women were trained to protect their household.
The Fall of Heian Japan
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