Feudal Japan- Leah Pappert

question 1. what does feudal mean? feudal means a system. The Japanese used a system to help organize there society, from the king to the farmers. This helped the government because there government was very weak.

question 2. What led to the rise of Feudalism in Japan? what weak central government couldn't control the 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 vassals offered millitary services to the diamyo) of the diamyo for protection.

question 3. What are 3 art forms from ancient Japan and how did they impact/influence society at that time period? One art form would be the noh, its a retelling of legends and folk tales. Another art form from Japan would be the actors, even way back when they had actors to entertain people, they were mostly men, the plays that they preformed were stories of legends. finely the third art form would be Kabulki. this was a group of men who would go around telling stories about Japan.

question 4. What was the social structure of Feudal Japan? Be sure to explain why each class is placed where they were in the Japanese social structure.

The Japaneses social structure was based off of 8 categories. The top was the Emperor. Then there is the shogun class, which contained of the political leaders. Next there is daimyos, this class had all of the noble leaders. Then the samurai, this class contained the professional warriors that were a part of the emperors army. Then the ronin class which were the paid soldiers that were also a part of the emperors army. Next the peasants, most of the peasants were farmers or fisherman. Finally there were the chonin class, this class was full of  the artisans and merchants and the crafts people, they were considered the lowest class.

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