nette s asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 10 years ago

How was the Heian period similar to and different from the period of feudalism in Japan?

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  • connie
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    10 years ago
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    FEUDALISM appeared in Japan only in the 1100s as the Heian period drew to a close and the Kamakura Shogunate rose to power .Japanese samurai did not own any land. Instead, the daimyo used a portion of their income from taxing the peasants to pay the samurai a salary, usually paid in rice.

    Characteristics if HEIAN Period:

    * Under the Fujiwara emperors were honored but had no real power.

    * Other powerful nobles gained control of much of the land in the provinces of Japan.

    * Land was given as gifts to the nobles for their work.

    * In order to make the nobles happy-they no longer had to pay taxes.

    * Nobles began to collect taxes from peasants working the land.


    An interesting and defining movement in Japanese culture during and after the Heian era was the development of ritualized practices in cultural and military pursuits. These practices reflected the blending that had taken place in Japanese civilization, based in part on Japanese traditions in social relations and their deep connection to nature. However, they also mirrored the impact of Chinese influences such as writing, Buddhism, Daoism and the Confucian emphasis on ritual. These practices are all referred to as "THE WAY."

    These traditions established rituals that had to be followed carefully and accurately. Some examples were Kado (The Way of Flower Arranging), Sado (The Way of Tea), and Shodo (The Way of Calligraphy.) Bushido (The Way of the Warrior); this was a feudal and ritualized code which emphasized loyalty unto death, a strict code of honor in combat and expertise in the military arts. There emerged the military arts of Kendo (The Way of the Sword) and Kyudo (The Way of Archery.)


    Buddhist monasteries coexisted with State Shinto and popular Shinto practices. Writing continued, with new literary traditions and products emerging, reflecting a Japanese voice.

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