Feudal Japan - Answers From Class Questions

# 1

Feudalism is a form of Government (structure).

# 2

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.  


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.  

Noh - Retelling of legends and folktales, actors were mostly men, they were performed for upper class as well as the common people.  

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

Calligraphy - a way to express beauty, shapes/sizes of letters can suggest different meanings.  

# 4

Emperor(symbolically the leader of Japan, but had no real power), shogun & 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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