The Heian Era was a period of great acheivement in the arts and progress in Japanese culture. But never mind all that. This is the History of Japan podcast so we get all the political shenanigans instead. Interestingly this period produced a couple of Japanese saints who despite having a totally different religion and outlook seem to have been treated in a way remarkably similar to their European counterparts.
The big difference between Japanese and European history is that the two rival religions, Shinto and Buddhism, managed to merge themselves enough for people to be comfortable being both. That is a cultural acheivement to be proud of.