Group three decided on the podcast topic of Confucianism influences on Japanese gender roles during the Heian Period and their importance in day to day life. We came to this topic through the research and the books found during our research in the library.
For those who may not know the Heian Period in Japanese history was from 794 – 1195 A.D. In 794 the emperor Kanmu moved the capitol to Heian-kyo which means capitol of “peace and tranquility” and is now known as Kyoto. According to newworldencylopedia.org, “During this time, Emperor Kammu supported the emergence of new Buddhist movements by sending students such as Saicho and Kukai to China during the Tang Dynasty.” The Heian Period the Fujiwara family was extremely influential. Metmuseum.org explains that, “The Fujiwaras succeeded in dominating the royal family by marrying female clan members to emperors and then ruling on behalf of the offspring of these unions when they assumed the throne.” Overall, the Heian Period is often considered as the height of the Japanese imperial court and of aristocratic culture.
Emperor Kanmu is shown below!
Image from The Japanese book “天皇一二四代 (Tennō hyakunijūyondai)”, in Bessatsu-Taiyo, Heibonsha, 1988
Hope you enjoyed the brief history! Have a great rest of the weekend.