Japanese feudalism

By: Taiz Estebane

What is Feudalism?

Feudalism is a form of government (structure).

What led to the rise of feudalism in Japan?

The weak central government could not control fighting among the daimyo (powerful land owners). Lawlessness led small landowners to become vassals (often received land from the daimyo and in return for this the vassal offered military service to the daimyo) of the daimyo for protection.

What are 3 art forms from Ancient Japan and how did they impact/influence society at that time period?

Bonsai/Zen gardens-these are designed to help people think quietly. This also highlights the natural beauty of flowers/gardens.

Haiku- Japan developed Haiku poetry, three lines of 5, 7 and   5 syllables

What was the social structure of Feudal Japan?

The social structure of Feudal Japan is a four tier class system. The four tier class system includes the samurai class, the farmers/peasants, the artisans, and the merchants. The feudal Japanese society was controlled by the Samurai warrior class, though they only made up about 10% of the population.

Emperor(symbolically the leader of Japan, but had no real power), Shogun  and daimyo(powerful land owners that controlled the power in Japan),

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