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A Heian lady with a knotted letter.

A Heian lady with a knotted letter.

Young daughter of the noble family in formal dress called "kazami."

The Heian Period Young daughter of the noble family in formal dress called "kazami.

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1 sagegami no binsogi 2 ko-uchiki 3 kinu or uchiki or istu-ginu 4 hitoe 5 aka no hakama 6 skome-ogi fan 7 sage-gami

Kokuzo Bosatsu - Treasure of Chusonji, Late Heian Period, photo courtesy of magazine Meguru #35

Kokuzo Bosatsu - Treasure of Chusonji, Late Heian Period, photo courtesy of magazine Meguru ~ Lord Buddha ~

This painting was done by Masao Ebina. Ebina depicted all the 54 chapters of the Tales of Genji. This image represents chapter 3. On the left is Lady Utsusemi talking to Nokiba-no-ogi. This is the moment when Genji is spying on them and the are playing a game called Go.

artelino - Genji Monogatari, The Tale of Genji - Illustrated by Masao Ebina Chapter 3 - Utsusemi

Hoben (police officer) in suikan uniform.

Hoben (police officer) in suikan uniform.

Heian era bed

Dwellers in the Clouds The Court of Heian - Kyo Detail of a twelfth Century Genji Scroll A thousand years ago in Japan there flourished a .

insence burner 2 by crimsongriffin28, via Flickr

Incense burner and cover, with original depicted ins croll, Heian era

A couple dressed as the Emperor and Empress at a Girls Day holiday celebration.

A couple dressed as the Emperor and Empress at a Girls Day holiday celebration.

Photo by Katherine Bramley "For the third day of New Year, a friend and I went to Tokyo Forum for an exhibit of Japanese culture and the Oedo Antique Market"

Photo by Katherine Bramley "For the third day of New Year, a friend and I went to Tokyo Forum for an exhibit of Japanese culture and the Oedo Antique Market"

Heian Era, 11c, Atop Amida Hall, Byōdō-in, Kyoto  From early times (by at least China's Han Period),  the Hō-ō was depicted as a male-female pair facing each other.

Hou-ou (or Hoo-oo) – The Japanese Phoenix Heian Era, Atop Amida Hall, Byodo-in, Kyoto From early times (by at least China’s Han Period), the Hou-ou was depicted as a male-female pair facing each.

Yusoku Monyo (pattern for nobles), is the traditional kimono pattern, which originally came from China and evolved in Japan. The kimono pattern was only used for high grade nobles including the imperial family in Heian era.

Yusoku Monyo (pattern for nobles), is the traditional kimono pattern, which originally came from China and evolved in Japan. The kimono pattern was only used for high grade nobles including the imperial family in Heian era.

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1 sage-gami hair 2 sagegami no binsogi 3 kinu or uchiki 4 hitoe 5 aka no hakama

Kosode: 16th to 19th Century Textiles From the Nomura Collection by Amanda Mayer Stinchecum http://www.amazon.com/dp/0870114298/ref=cm_sw_r_pi_dp_979oub1DNAJM7

Kosode: 16th to 19th Century Textiles From the Nomura Collection by Amanda Mayer Stinchecum http://www.amazon.com/dp/0870114298/ref=cm_sw_r_pi_dp_979oub1DNAJM7

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