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    really entirely depends on personal opinion for deciding which ones rule over others. However, in all of the governments created in human history the government of Japan during the Muromachi Period(1338-1573), also known as the Ashikaga Period, had one of the most intriguing governmental structures. From its rules of isolationism, religion, and feudal structure, Japan during this time was very different from the rest of the the world. The overall structure was very feudal based,

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    serve. In japan, samurais were like knights who protected wealthy landowners.These wealthy landowners were known as daimyo and were regional lords.  Although samurai were servants at first this didn't last long they eventually rose to power in the twelfth century. The samurai quickly took over japanese government and culture in japan with their military style government and were some of the most honorable and important people in japanese history. High in social class, the samurai ruled japan with a

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    Japan’s rich history of power, wealth, and influence had many remarkable eras. One of the more notable periods in Japanese history was that of the Tokugawa Period (1600-1868). The Tokugawa Period was talked about in Musui’s Story, an autobiographical book, written by Kokichi Katsu. (Katsu ix) Katsu wrote Musui’s Story for three main reasons: to share how he had transformed from a low-ranking samurai to a well-known hero, to show his sense of self, and to serve as a cautionary tale for his descendants

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    prominent positions as noble warriors in Japanese society. They have come to be famous in modern, Western pop culture as the fierce, stoic guards of feudal Japan, but their practices and rituals extended beyond wielding katanas and donning impressive armor. Samurai practices were rich and complex, with strict codes, ritual suicide, and a history of influencing culture and politics (“Samurai”). Samurai code was influenced by traditional Japanese culture, Zen Buddhism, and Confucianism. Bushido, or “Way

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    Samurai warriors were the large and powerful military caste in feudal Japan. The name Samurai literally means “one who serves” and they dedicated their lives to serve the Imperial court. In Japan, the military caste was significant during the 12th century during the first military dictatorship. However, Samurai were not always fierce fighters in wars. Before the 12th century the Samurai were used as guards of the land for higher powers. After the dramatic change in the political power the Samurai

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    2. Medium length male hairstyles Subtypes - A chonmage hairstyle It is a traditional Japanese male hairstyle that is commonly associated with samurai and present-day sumo wrestlers. Historically the style represented a status symbol of Japanese society because it was a method of using hair to hold a samurai helmet steady atop the head in a battle. Originally the style featured a shaved pate. Whereas nowadays the pate is no longer shaved, the remaining hair is left medium and is usually tied into

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    This Detail of Yakushi is an incredible sculpture that originates from the Yakushi Triad. It shows a Japanese Buddha sitting on a throne. His left hand is raised with his index finger and thumb touching each other. This Buddha is made of a brown metal that has black rust spots on it from age. The artist, Tori Bushii was a very purposeful in making his robes look as if they are draping around him. There are little wrinkles in the fabric that help to bring the statue to life. He has a head piece on

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    Tokugawa Ieyasu was the founder and the first shogun of the Tokugawa shogunate of Japan, and has been one of the most significant figures in Japanese history. Besides being such a successful and powerful ruler, Ieyasu had immensely changed the way Japanese society was structured and organised. From 1603-1608, Tokugawa began the modernisation of Japan. He became the first shogun who had more power over the emperor, and started changing the ways of Japan’s trade, economy, agriculture and social hierarchy

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    One of the main reasons I chose to talk about this specific earthquake was because of the history of the city, Yokohama. Yokohama is a both a city and port in east-central Honshu, Japan. It is also the capital of Kanagawa. Yokohama is the second most populated city in the whole country. The Tokoyo-Yokohama metropolitan area is the largest and most populated urban area in all of Japan. Yokohama is roughly 20 miles southwest of the big city of Tokyo. Yokohama began in 1854 as a very small fishing town

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    Medieval Japanese Castles

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    Despite the hundreds of castles built in the Medieval Japanese time period only twelve survive to this very day. The history of Medieval Japanese castles are still evident in today’s society through structures, buildings or documents. After much research on castles in Medieval Japan I came to the question of ‘What was the purpose of constructing castles in the time of Medieval Japan?’ Two castles in particular are testament to this and answer the question. These castles are the Himeji Castle and

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    Imperialism in Japan Background: Japan prior to the Meiji restoration was ruled in a hierarchy very similar to other European countries. The hierarchy was that of lords, samurai and then peasants. The Japanese equivalent to a king at the time was a military dictator called a shogun. During this time the capital was Kyoto and the shogun was part of the Tokugawa clan. That is why this period is referred to as the Tokugawa Shogunate. (Carrol) Japan was very traditional during the Tokugawa Shogunate;

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    leads to an impact on military, feudalistic society and Japan’s history. To commence, Samurai’s are important in Japanese history because they helped start feudalism and the Shogun’s rule. It all started when the central government had no authority over the large landowners. The Daimyo refused to pay their taxes, so when the Jurisdiction came to collect, the daimyo had this huge army of Samurais. On the website It states that “,Japan was dominated by a delicately-balanced, feudal-military system

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    Kamon Crest

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    Kamon crests were Japanese heraldic crest ("Japanese Family Crest"). Most medieval japan had meaning behind their designs and uses. Through there are many articles that will be explored; firstly, the history behind Kamon crest will be discussed. In addition, in the essay there will be descriptions, comparison and contrast of different kinds of Kaman in medieval Japan, as well as two specific Kamon. Moreover, the importance of Kamon designs then will be included in the essay. Likewise, the value of

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    Japan is part of the pacific ring of fire, where tectonic plates causes volcanic activity and earthquakes. Japan only has about 20 percent of the land for agriculture. Japan had a temperate climate that doesn't suffer from extreme climate. The oceans and sea around Japan have an abundant of life and and plenty resource for food. The Jomon people began farming food crop in Japan. The new Asian migrant brought rice into Japan. Japan was ruled by warrior aristocracy and each aristocratic clan controlled

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    The author not only wanted to discuss the beauty of Japanese cuisine but also to capture its readers’ about culture in Japan. A strong point about the book’s methodology is how Japanese people carefully plan and arrange food together, even the chinaware in order to complement one another. Japanese cuisine is a study of unity and contrast. Raw fish served one ice is paired with hot soup, Daikon oroshi (grated radish) is also served with hot dishes while wasabi (horseradish) will be paired with

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    of people that live in Japan are either Shinto or Buddhist. Shinto is the belief that the world possessed Kami, which was a divine spirit. Buddhism is from the 6th century that came from China. They believe in wisdom, virtue and concentration. As times changed, the households have also changed. Many families have their elder parents living with them and marriages are no longer “arranged”. The country of Japan contains several thousand islands. About 50 percent of Japan is enveloped by mountainous

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    Japanese religion and the largest religion in Japan alongside Buddhism. The Shinto religion is Japans most practiced religion with nearly 80% of the Japanese people practicing Shinto in one way or another. The Shinto religion is also Japans oldest religion, which evidence shows dates back to 660 BC. The origins of Shinto can be traced well into the past and evidence shows that in its earliest forms the religion was based off of animal and nature worship. Japan is known as Shinkoku, which translates to

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    field in Japan. He showed, revealed the real state of Japanese people, which was unknown for so long times, drew out excellent understanding through his precise observations, the broad point of view with huge amount of facts collected by himself, about a various fields of the traditional cultures in Japan, besides his talent for writing is rare,

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    Hattori Hanzo Essay In ancient Japan, Hattori Hanzo was a samurai who saved the life of Tokugawa Ieyasu who was an important leader in his time. Did you know Hanzo was the most loyal samurai to Tokugawa? Hattori Hanzo was a samurai who served Tokugawa Ieyasu and he lived until the age of 55. Hattori fought his first battle at the age of 16. He survived many battles and lived a long life for a samurai. He was one of the best samurais in his era. Even though other people wanted his position, Hattori

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    Origami (Callie & Jeremy 2012). As its name, Origami is an expression used worldwide to describe the action of transforming a sheet of paper into different shape by folding it. After thousand years of history, Origami still play an important role in Japanese culture and also turn to a feature of Japan along with Sake, Sushi,... Origami now not only restricted as a form of art or a hobby for fun but it is also examined further by experts to serve the technology and other

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