Feudal Japan Hierarchy In Feudal Japan Society was divided into two classes in Feudal Japan, the nobility and the peasants. The noble class made up roughly twelve percent of the population with peasants making up the rest. Emperor and ShogunThe Emperor and the Shogun were the highest ranking nobles. During Japan's feudal period the Shogun held the most power while the Emperor was more of a puppet figure with little actual power. As the Shogun was a military leader his sword, or Nihonto in Japanese (katana came later in the Mid-Muromachi period), was an important part of his attire.
Asakusa Bell of Time During the Edo period, the time in Japan was announced with bell chimes. Obviously, there was a need for some “official” time bells - these were the toki no kane 「時の鐘」, “Bells of Time". The most famous toki-no-kane, located in Asakusa, survived until today and can be seen at the Senso-ji Temple. 7 words posted by John Spacey, Japan Talk, March 12, 2014 There are Japanese words that help you speak. There are other words that help you to understand Japanese culture — the way that Japanese people think. These 7 words are critical to understanding Japanese culture: Brief History of the Samurai The following is an attempt to briefly explore the military aspects of Japan's history from the Early through Pre-Modern periods. The richness of Japanese history cannot be entirely denied, however, and the reader will certainly find references to matters and concepts not entirely related to the samurai. The first chapter, for instance, deals with events that occurred centuries before the samurai as we know them even existed. Yet to fully understand the samurai and their history, one must occasionally step back and admire the whole picture. This effort does not pretend towards anything more then it is, but we hope that the patient reader may find it useful in his or her own studies. Early Japan
100 French Food/Drink Words and Phrases It's Bastille Day! If only your 10th grade French teacher had taught you what you really need to know — impressing that special someone at the restaurant where you’re maxing out your credit card. Don’t let that stop you though, because what they say is true: France is a haven for food and wine enthusiasts of all levels, and French cuisine is a palate-expanding experience everyone should have. Try out some of my extensive choice vocabulary for avoiding snails, raw beef and frogs’ legs (although why would you want to?) or honing the basics for customizing your steak-frites and procuring the right water. 9 principles of culture There are 9 basic principles that underlie Japanese art and culture. They're called aesthetics — concepts that answer the question: what is art? There are 9 Japanese aesthetics. They are the basis for Japanese art, fashion, pop culture, music and movies. 1. Wabi-sabi (imperfect)
Samurai and Bushido - Facts & Summary In the mid-19th century, the stability of the Tokugawa regime was undermined by a combination of factors, including peasant unrest due to famine and poverty. The incursion of Western powers into Japan–and especially the arrival in 1853 of Commodore Matthew C. Perry of the U.S. Navy, on a mission to get Japan to open its doors to international trade–proved to be the final straw. In 1858, Japan signed a commercial treaty with the United States, followed by similar ones with Russia, Britain, France and Holland. The controversial decision to open the country to Western commerce and investment helped encourage resistance to the shogunate among conservative forces in Japan, including many samurai, who began calling for a restoration of the power of the emperor.
Paris for the Indie Traveler Traveling to Paris? It’s been labelled the most beautiful, romantic, fashionable, cultural, artistic, delicious, and expensive city in the world. Where do you start? why japan is awesome This is a MONSTER post with lots of photos, so let’s get straight into it. In no particular order, here is 50 cool things about Japan… Vending machines: Mostly they are really nothing special. We’ve heard rumours of vending machines with used school-girls panties and other crazy things, but never seen anything like it on my travels around this country. They are great because if you are thirsty, no matter where you are you are just about guaranteed to find one.
Feudal Japan: The Age of the Warrior While most samurai warriors were men, some women were renowned for their skill in battle. A monument was erected to honor Nakano Takeko — a female warrior — at the Hokai temple in Fukushima prefecture because she asked her sister to behead her rather than die dishonorably from a gunshot wound in captivity. Being a warrior in feudal Japan was more than just a job. Japanese Etiquette: How to Save Yourself from Embarrassment in Japan Did you know that it is extremely rude to rub your chopsticks together? If you’ve ever considered a trip to the land of the rising sun you’ve probably done some research on proper Japanese etiquette. Many daily customs are significantly different from those of the western world.
learn japanese One of the most interesting thing about Japanese is surely the script. There are three different ones: kanji, hiragana and katakana. Also, there is a transliteration of Japanese to the Roman alphabet called romaji. The first three scripts are in a mixed everyday use.