Japanese Feudalism
Updated: 2/13/2020
Japanese Feudalism

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  • Emperor
  • I am an emperor and hold no actual political power. I am seen as a god, and am just a figurehead.
  • Shogun
  • I am the head of the military and make the law and important political decisions. hte daimyo swear allegiance to me in exchange for land.
  • Daimyo
  • I am a daimyo. I am a great landowner and have sworn my allegiance to the shogun.
  • The emperor was seen as a god, but had no political power. He was seen as a figurehead, and was on top of the hierarchy.
  • Samurai
  • I am a samurai. I have sworn my allegiance to the shogun or a daimyo I am given land grants in exchange for my loyalty and peasants work my land.
  • The shogun was the the military governor general and made the political decisions. He was supported by the daimyo, who swore allegiance to him.
  • Peasants
  • I am a peasant. I am a skilled craftsman and make the weapons for the military. I also farm on the land of a daimyo or samurai, and get protection in return.
  • The daimyo had a lot of power and swore their allegiance to the shogun. If they broke their loyalty, the shogun would give their land to someone else.
  • Merchants
  • I am a merchant. I have the least amount of power, despite the fact that I have wealth.
  • Samurai were the warriors of feudal japan. They pledged allegiance and loyalty to a daimyo or the shogun in exchange for land grants. Peasants woulf farm their land in return for protection.
  • The peasants were more respected than the merchants as they helped farm and make weapons. They were given land and protection for their work. Most peasants were very poor, or had little wealth.
  • The merchants had a low social status, even though they had wealth. They were looked down upon,and were seen as liars who stole innocent peoples money to profit themselves.