Hideyoshi's Contribution To Japan

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Hideyoshi contributed militarily, culturally and politically to Japan. Militarily, he was a tough warrior. Culturally, he made Osaka Castle as beautiful as it was strong. Inspired by Kinkaku-ji in Kyoto (the Golden Pavilion), he constructed a fabulous portable tea-room covered with gold leaf. Using this mobile innovation he was able to practice the tea ceremony wherever he went, powerfully projecting his unrivalled power and status. Politically, he set up a governmental system that balanced out the most powerful daimyo; in some ways it has been described as like a parliament with a president.

Upon Hideyoshi’s death in 1598, Tokugawa took control, leaving in place a majority of Hideyoshi’s decrees to use as a base upon which to build his own government. Through the semiotics of later rebuildings, one can sincerely notice the glorification of Hideyoshi. It is true that Tokugawa tried to assert his power in a larger fashion by simply rebuilding Hideyoshi’s castle larger in height and ground size. However, the Meiji Period was anti-Tokugawa, preferring to favour the democratic ideal of this self-made man. It is here that Hideyoshi as a modern hero has its origins. In 1931, the
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