The lowest class of feudal Japanese society were the Merchants. This included both traveling traders and shop-keepers. Merchants profited from the labor of the more productive peasant and artisan classes. The Merchants were in charge of selling goods. They lived in a separate section of each city.
Hi my name is Riku Mei and here in feudal Japan, I am the lowest class because I sell things to people who need things. Merchants do not produce anything so we are considered the lowest class. Not only do we live in a separate section of each city, but the higher classes are forbidden to mix with us except when it comes to business.
One class above the Merchants were the Artisans. Artisans produced many goods and were referred to as craftsman. One class above the Artisans were the Peasants. The Peasants main role in Feudal society was to work in agriculture fields in order to supply food which other classes were dependent.
Hi, my name is Hina and I am an Artisan. Artisans like me produce goods such as clothes, cooking utensils and woodblock prints.
Hi, my name is Sora and I am a Peasant. Peasants are in charge of growing crops and producing food which are needed by the other classes. I am in a higher class than Hina.
One class above the Peasants were the Ronin. Ronin were the paid soldiers. One class above the Ronin were the Samurai. They were Japanese warriors. They served and protected their Daimyo with respect. They also fought for their people to bring justice and order to their community. They followed the code of conduct called Bushido which told them how to live their lives.
I am Samurai Kiri Kosha and my job is to protect my land and everyone on it. These are my Ronin. Samurais only make up about 10% of the population. I also follow Bushido.
One class above the Ronin are the Daimyos. Although they did hold a lot of power, both the Shogun and the Emperor had more power. The job of the Daimyos were to serve the Shoguns. They also control land as well as order around the the armies of the Samurai and command them to war.
Hi, my name is Chi and I am a Daimyo. Daimyos are very powerful figures who serve the Shogun. We control large areas of land and are in charge of our Samurai who we pay to work and protect us.
Above the Daimyos are the Shogun. The Shogun were probably the most important figure in Japanese society. They held the second most amount of power. The Daimyo answer to the Shogun. The county's security was under their leadership and to maintain it was their responsibility.
I am Shogun Zhi Wen. Shoguns are the military rulers of Japan. We are seen as "second in line" to the Emperor but we have a lot of work. We keep the Daimyo in check , and wait for them to give us the taxes they collected.
Lastly, the Emperors had the greatest amount of power in society. The Emperor was equipped with the supreme power among all the classes. Although the Emperor had the highest class and was looked up by all of his people, he held little political power and was often seen as more of a "puppet figure."
I am Emperor Haruto Ki and I hold the most amount of power in Japanese Feudal society. The people look up to me. I also give the Daimyo land.