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Japanese Aristocrat If I had to choose between the Nara and Heian period to live as an aristocrat I would choose the Nara When first looked at the Heian period may look more elaborate and culturally advanced and in some ways it was I believe however the Nara period was much more exciting and fulfilling than the somewhat hollow Heian period The Nara period was marked by new philosophies of religion government and culture Buddhism was introduced to Japan before the Nara period but it was during the Nara period that many new forms were introduced and worshiped The imperial court of the Nara period was taken with the Chinese religion of Buddhism Students were sent to China to gather and retrieve new information on Buddhism Buddhist monks from China were even opening temples in Japan The Japanese missionaries not only brought back new ideas of Buddhism but also new arts and crafts lifestyles Confucianism and a degree of sophistication unknown to Japan before This must have been a very exciting time to be a Japanese aristocrat The aristocratic society decided which parts of Chinese culture would be integrated into Japan The new centralized Japanese government was modeled after Chinas Although Japans government was modeled after Chinas it had some very distinct differences The Japanese seemed to modify Chinese concepts and make them unique to Japan They did not only do this with government but with all things taken from China Japan was undergoing a great period of development Aristocrats at this time were shaping an entire nation It would have been extremely interesting and fulfilling to be one The Heian period aristocrats surrounded them selves with wealth and beauty The court rules of etiquette were strict Not adhering to etiquette meant being outcast from society The aristocratic society completely cut them selves off from the commoners and lived in their own little world Contact from China was also cut
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