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Transcript of Japanese Politics
Creating a centralized government, the Chinese Tang Dynasty was perhaps the most important model for the Japanese.
Sitting atop an enormous government bureaucracy, a divine monarch ruled China. Created to employ Chinese men who passed difficult civil service, the large bureaucracy allowed the men to test their knowledge of the teachings of Confucius.
Japanese set up their government just like the Chinese. The Yamato clan came to power and proclaimed they were gonna rule Japan. Japanese were thinking about forcing Buddhism upon the stubborn Japanese people.
A time of exceptional culture innovation, shogun, daimyo, and samurai came swiftly upon the Kamakura Period. The most significant advancement occurred when the Japanese discovered guns. When the Europeans came to attack Japan, Japanese soon found out that Europe was more advanced. Europeans were using guns and Japanese were using swords. The Japanese decided to make this unknown weapon in Japan itself and use it for time of war. 50 years later, Japanese factories were producing more guns than all of Europe.
Woman were very much a part to the advancement of literature and arts during Fujiwara dictatorship.
Japanese literature advanced significantly during the late 10th and early 11th centuries due to the contributions of three upper class women who lived in the courts of the time and wrote of their experiences. Two examples would be Kagero Nikki's
, and Sei Shonagon's
The Pillow Book.
By 1549, Spain, Europe, and Netherland were making several stops at Japanese ports. Europeans brang weapons, fabrics, glassware, clocks and many other European goods to Japan's ports. In return, Japanese gave the Europeans gold, silver, rice, and other goods. While trading was happening in Japan, missionaries from across the world were coming to Japan converting Japanese people to christian religion. About 150,000 Japanese converted to christianity as well as 200 churches built by 1582 CE. This convertion soon backfired as the Bakufu couldn't take all this outside influence. By 1587 CE, laws were brought out that converting to christianity was against the law. Ten years later persecution was the consequence if you converting to any outside influence
Japan's main religion in the Medieval times was Shinto. The Japanese monarchy searched for a way to force Buddhism on the Japanese people.
Surrounded by water, Japan had little farm land. Japanese mostly relied on seafood. Since Japan was separate from all Western world, it did not expand its technological and social advancements as the rest of the world. Though Europe did bring ships of supplies and many other goods, Japan did not advance in many other things such as technology, natural resources, and food.