Medieval Japan

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Medieval Japan by Mind Map: Medieval Japan

1. Society

1.1. Noble class

1.1.1. Emeperor

1.1.1.1. Stripped of political power by Shogun Yorimoto

1.1.1.2. Only a figurehead

1.1.1.3. Had no power.

1.1.2. Shogun

1.1.2.1. Brought a period of peace and prosperity to Japan that lasted 250 yrs

1.1.2.2. Banned the practise of christianity in Japan

1.1.2.3. Political leader

1.2. Warrior class

1.2.1. Daimyo

1.2.1.1. Medieval equivalent of Army generals.

1.2.1.2. Usually owned large areas of land

1.2.1.3. Warlords

1.2.2. Samurai

1.2.2.1. 10% of Medieval Japan's population

1.2.2.2. Noble warriors

1.2.2.3. Followed Bushido

1.2.3. Ronin

1.2.3.1. Made up most of the army

1.2.3.2. Saamurai who had lost their master.

1.2.3.3. Paid mercenaries

1.3. Working class

1.3.1. Farmers/ Fishermen

1.3.1.1. Very respected because they fed Japan

1.3.1.2. Usually very poor

1.3.1.3. No political power

1.3.2. Artisans

1.3.2.1. Craftsmen

1.3.2.2. Weren't that powerful or respected.

1.3.2.3. Very wealthy.

1.3.3. Merchants

1.3.3.1. Hated by society.

1.3.3.2. Extremely Rich.

1.3.3.3. Never really made anything themselves.

2. Bushido

2.1. Elements

2.1.1. Fidelity

2.1.2. Politeness

2.1.3. Virility

2.1.4. Simplicity

2.2. Seppuku

2.2.1. If you didn't follow Bushido then you had to commit Seppuku

2.2.2. Honourable way to die

2.2.3. Ritual Suicide