Feudal Japan

Austin Ruhnke

     Whats is Feudalism? Feudalism is a type of government structure. Japan made a feudal system that is very similar to  the European system. The Shogun was like the king, the Daimyo was like the nobles, who were the head of the samurai which would be similar to knights. There society was organized under a class system with no social mobility.

     What led to the rise of Feudalism in Japan? What led the rise of Feudalism in Japan was this system called the lord-vassal system. A vassal was when a person received land and protection from a lord in return for loyalty. This lord-vassal system increased the power of large landowners. It marked the start of feudalism in Japan.

What are 3 art forms from ancient Japan and how did they impact/influence society at that time period? 3 art forms from Ancient Japan were Poetry, Calligraphy, and painting. It impacted society at that time because it began to form a type of writing. Some designs depict landscapes, historical events, and daily life.

What was the social structure of Feudal Japan? The social structure of Feudal Japan consists of 5 classes. There was the emperor at the top of Japanese society, but had little real power. The Shogun and Daimyo were number 4. The Shogun was the most important Daimyo, or large landholder, and the actual ruler of Japan. Samurai warriors were number 3. The Samurai were Japan's warriors. Peasants and artisans were 2nd. These workers made up the largest class. And the merchants were at the very bottom. Unlike Peasants and artisans, they produced no goods that contributed to society.

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