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Japanese Feudalism and European Feudalism

Japanese Feudalism and European Feudalism
Although Japan and Europe did not have any direct contact with one another during the medieval and early modern periods, they independently developed very similar socio-political systems. Often, these systems are labeled as feudal. What is feudalism? In other words, there are peasants who are tied to the farm land and work for protection plus a portion of the harvest, rather than for money. Similarities between Japanese and European Feudalism Feudal Japanese and European societies were built on a system of hereditary classes. In both feudal Japan and Europe, constant warfare made warriors the most important class. Both knights and samurai rode horses into battle, used swords, and wore armor. Feudal lords in Europe built stone castles to protect themselves and their vassals in case of attack. Differences between Japanese and European Feudalism Japanese feudalism was based on the ideas of the Chinese philosopher Kong Qiu or Confucius (551-479 BCE). Related:  Ancient cultures

Japan's Mysterious Pyramids Comparison of Japanese and European Feudalism by The Historian The Historian's image for: "Comparison of Japanese and European Feudalism" Caption: Location: Image by: Although many people consider feudalism a European invention, the Japanese invented a form of feudalism independent of the Europeans at about the time that feudalism was at its height in Europe. Since the ownership of land is what defines feudalism, both Japan and Europe had landowning and non-landowing castes during the Middle Ages. Secondly, although the lower nobility in Japan (the samurai) swore fealty to their local lords, the local lords did not give the samurai any land of their own. Obviously, the Japanese and European feudalistic systems were based on radically different legal and cultural structures. Perhaps the most important similarity between Japanese and European feudalism for most people was the fact that they were both hereditary caste systems.

China refine Japanese History - Facts About Japan - Ancient Japan The four islands that make up the Japanese archipelago have been inhabited by humans for at least 30,000 years—though some theories suggest the area was populated as long as 200,000 years ago! If you don't have time to digest the history of Japan (and unless you're a scholar or a speed reader you probably don't) you should at least familiarize yourself with some of the basic facts about Japan before embarking on your journey. Understanding the facts about Japan can only add another layer of meaning to the temples, parks, religious ceremonies and cultural wonders you are bound to encounter during your visit. What follows, then, is a cursory look at Japanese history, a jumping off point for further study about the history of Japan, and a quick reference for a few key facts about Japan. Japan history begins with the migration of people from the Asian mainland during a period in which the sea separating present day Japan from China and the Korean Peninsula was only partially formed.

Rare exhibition to show hidden treasures of Kyoto temples, shrines KYOTO--An ancient statue of Buddha, a painting of a dragon and other sacred treasures usually hidden from the public will be shown at 18 temples and shrines in Kyoto Prefecture this spring. The Kyoto Heritage Preservation Association announced on Jan. 22 that the special exhibition of Kyoto’s hidden cultural properties will be held from April 29 to May 10. Taimaji temple in Kyoto’s Yamashina Ward will allow viewing of a seated statue of Amida Nyorai (Amitabha), also called Yamashina Buddha, from May 1 to 6. The statue, built in the late Heian Period (794-1185), has been designated as an important cultural property by the prefectural government. The elegant 2.67-meter statue features a calm facial expression and a robe draping gracefully in the style of Jocho sculpture. Bishamondo temple of the Tendai sect, also in Yamashina Ward, will display a dragon painted on the ceiling of the mausoleum by prominent artist Kano Morinobu (1602-1674).

The Medieval European Knight vs. The Feudal Japanese Samurai The Medieval European Knight vs. The Feudal Japanese Samurai? By J. Clements ARMA Director From time to time it is interesting to ponder the outcome of an encounter between two of history's most formidable and highly skilled warriors: the Medieval European knight and the feudal Japanese samurai. The Scenario First of all, we must ask where is it these two lone warriors would meet? There are a great many intangibles to consider here. Of course, if we are supposing a clash between two "typical warriors", we must also ask exactly what will be considered typical? As for the knight, are we assuming he will be a maile clad with sword and kite shield from the year 1066? Of course, for the sake of engaging discourse let us hypothesize just what would happen if these two comparable individuals, each highly trained and experienced in the respective fighting skills of their age, were to meet on the battlefield in single combat to the death (!). The Warriors The Armor The Shield The Samurai's Sword

Japan Refine Japan - Ancient Cultures On the basis of archaeological finds, it has been postulated that hominid activity in Japan may date as early as 200,000 B.C., when the islands were connected to the Asian mainland. Although some scholars doubt this early date for habitation, most agree that by around 40,000 B.C. glaciation had reconnected the islands with the mainland. Based on archaeological evidence, they also agree that by between 35,000 and 30,000 B.C. Homo sapiens had migrated to the islands from eastern and southeastern Asia and had well-established patterns of hunting and gathering and stone toolmaking . Stone tools, inhabitation sites, and human fossils from this period have been found throughout all the islands of Japan. More stable living patterns gave rise by around 10,000 B.C. to a Neolithic or, as some scholars argue, Mesolithic culture. By the late Jomon period, a dramatic shift had taken place according to archaeological studies.

The Ancient Japanese Jomon Period: 10,000 B.C. – 400 BC Stable living patterns began to appear in Japan with the arrival of the Jomon people around 10,000 B.C. People during this period began to make open-pit fired clay vessels and decorated them with patterns made by pressing wet clay with unbraided or braided sticks and plaited cord. The pottery techniques of the Jomon were very advanced and characteristic of Neolithic cultures although the Jomon were a Mesolithic, Middle Stone Age, people. The period is named after their pottery methods as the word Jomon means "patterns of plaited cord". The pottery found during this period suggest the Jomon people led a sedentary or at least semi-sedentary lifestyle as pottery is easily breakable and not much use to hunter gatherers who are always on the move. The Jomon period is typically divided into six different eras; the Incipient, Initial, Early, Middle, Late, and Final periods. Photos of Jomon period artifacts Yayoi Period: 400 BC – AD 250 Nara Period: 710 – 794

Japan Project:Revision Early History and Culture One of the most recognizable remnants of Japan's so-called "Tomb period" is the tomb of Emperor Nintoku, who is said to have reigned during the 4th century. With all the technological innovations coming from modern Japan, it's easy to forget that even they had a Stone Age. From around the middle of the 11th century B.C.E. to 300 B.C.E., Japan was populated by a Neolithic civilization called the Jômon (rope pattern) culture. This group of hunters and gatherers decorated their pottery by twisting rope around the wet clay, to produce a distinctive pattern. Remnants of their pit-dwellings and enormous mounds of discarded shells mark the locations of their settlements, which were scattered throughout the islands. But it wasn't until the Yayoi period (300 B.C.E. to 250 C.E.) that Japan became a rice-loving culture. The entrance gate to a Shinto shrine is called a torii. The Tomb period (250 C.E.-552 C.E.) gets its name from the massive tombs that dot the landscape to this day. The Land of Wa