Tanner's Journeys

Entry #1

I am in here in Japan and I am hiding with this nice teenager who has invited me in to her home during a typhoon. Her family told me about how the Japanese are Ainu which centers around nature. The Ainu honor the four elements: earth, air, fire, and water. Japan is also completely self-sufficient. They don't rely on any other country to supply food or anything. They grow enough food (rice) and catch enough fish to keep everyone fed. They have wood for building and fuel from the forests. Silkworms and cotton provided material for clothing. They also have typhoons and tsunamis quite often. Japan is a very mountainous island too. Japan is a long narrow chain of volcanic islands in the Pacific Ocean. There is very little flat land actually on Japan.

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#1 Samurai were not allowed to show off their weapons or threaten or kill innocent people or they get killed. This rule is so they don't get people jealous and so they don't go on a rampage and kill lots of people.

#2 Peasants were not allowed to leave their farm unless they have permission. This is so the farmers wouldn't leave his crops unattended.

#3 The Artisans had to teach their sons how to do their particular practice. This is so their sons would learn how to be an Artisan.

#4 Merchants were not allowed to show off their wealth or brag or their business would be shut down. This was so no one would become jealous.

#5 The women had to stay inside all day long and train the kids to be like their father. This was so kids wouldn't learn about other jobs and not want to follow their fathers foot steps.

#6 The outcasts were only allowed to talk to other outcasts. This is so they do not disturb  others with their death jobs.

#7 If someone damaged a peasants crop that person would be severely punished. This is so no one tries to wreck the rice field.

#8 If a merchant stole an item which he was to sell he would be killed. This is so they would not even try to steal something.

#9 Artisans had build at least 5 crafts a day. This rule is intended to keep the merchants busy with stuff to sell.

#10 Samurai were not allowed to drink rice wine or smoke tobacco. This rule is because they have weapons so if the get drunk they could kill someone.











    Entry #3     Japan`s Economy, Politics, and Social structure.

Economy: The currency in Edo Japan was rice. This was because it was easily grown and they didn't have to import other currencies. Rice though could be destroyed then they would have no currency. They were isolated so they had to use their resources. The merchants also traded goods that artisans created for other goods or rice.

Politics: The Emperor was the leader of Japan. His power was all symbolic. He controlled the shogun even though the shogun could have overruled the Emperor with all of their power. They never took over because they had lots of honour. Just like the 47 Ronin, they killed themselves after they revenged their leaders death. It was easier for the Emperor to stay in power because no new comers were entering. They didn't know any better.  Japan's rules were all created  without influence from anyone else too. They are their own rules.

Society: Japan was completely self-sufficient. They had enough resources to not trade with any other country. They could grow rice and create art from the materials the peasants created (ex:silk). They created their own social structure because of the isolation.They weren't influenced by any other country. This is their social structure below.


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1. There are a lot of changes between Edo and Meiji Japan. Politics in Edo Japan was a feudal system rules by the shogun, and Meiji Japan had no feudal system and was ruled by the Emperor.  In Edo Japan, there was a mix of Buddhism, Shinto, and Confucianism, compared to Shinto as the main religion and a little Christianity in Meiji. In  Edo all buildings were made out of wood but they had a big fire so they later rebuilt out of brick and stone (Meiji).

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