Feudal Japan

Created By; Emma Hullinger

What is Feudalism?

Feudalism is basically another word for laws or principals. Japanese Feudalism had many similarities to European Feudalism. The king (shogun) ruled the country through the nobles, they were also the head of the knights (samurai). In addition, Peasents farmed the land in exchange to protection from the knights, the knights lived under a code of conduct known as, Bushido.  On the other hand, society was still organized under a non-flexible class system.

What led to the rise of Feudalism in Japan?

Daimyo hired samurai soldiers to both protect themselves and to attack other daimyo. As a result, the power of the daimyo increased and the central weakened and the amount of power lost increased. Then, small landowners wanted protection, so they would pledge their loyalty to that lord. A citizen that received land and protection from a lord for loyalty in reward was called a vassal. The lord-vassal system increased the power of large landowners, causing the start of feudalism of Japan.

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

The three art forms from ancient Japan are Japanese poetry, calligraphy, and painting. Poetry, calligraphy, and painting was impacting Japan by letting people express their feelings and thoughts freely.

What was the social structure of Feudal Japan?

The Japanese society contained the emperor (the highest), the shoguns and daimyo, the samurai warriors, peasants and artisans, and the merchants (the lowest). The emperor even though at the top, had very little power. The shoguns and daimyo were the most important and actually had real power. Samurai were Japan warriors. Peasants and artisans were the workers that made up the largest class. Lastly, the merchants, they produced no goods that contributed to thee society.

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