Feudal Japan

By: Abbie Kramer
Red Block 3

1. What is Feudalism?

Feudalism is a form of Government (structure).

2. What led to the rise of Feudalism in Japan?

Whenever the emperor no longer held real power against the daimyo, the rise of Feudalism started in Japan. When this started, the shoguns had taken control. The Samurai vowed to fight for their lord.

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

Bonsai/Zen Gardens - Designed to help people think quietly. This also highlights the beauty of flowers/gardens.

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

Kabuki - Play performed by men, using melodramatic, singing and dancing.

4. What was the social structure of Feudal Japan?

Emperor (the leader of Japan, but had no real power), shogun and daimyo (powerful land owners that controlled the power in Japan). Samurai warriors (provided protection for the shogun/daimyo in return for land. peasants and artisans (produced items that contributed to society), merchants (they were the lowest as they did not produce anything that contributed to society.

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