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  • What kind of society was early Japan?
  • Early Japan was mostly a farming society.
  • How was Japan involved in trade?
  • Japan shipped raw materials, paintings, swords, and other manufactured items in return for silk, porcelain, books, and copper coins
  • What did women have power over in Japan during this time and how were woman involved in the Japanese Society?
  • Wives who were abandoned could divorce and remarry. Aristocratic woman were prominent at court and they also appear in paintings of the period along with men.
  • What did the Japanese believe in spiritually?
  • Early Japanese people worshiped spirits, called Kami, whom they believed resided in trees, rivers, and mountains.
  • How did Zen emerge?
  • Zen emerged from Buddhism when Buddhist monks from China were brought to Japan during the A.D. 500s.
  • What is prose fiction?
  • Prose fiction was "vulgar gossip" and women were the most productive writers.
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