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Life of a Merchant in Feudal Japan

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Jean Ratanaphaithun

on 23 November 2011

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Life of a Merchant in Feudal Japan Daily Routine Challenges Advantages The merchants were onced considered to be the lowest class, oftenly referred to as 'parasites' in society during the early Edo periods. They were looked upon and were seen as lying cheats who took honest peoples' money. As the national market system grew, the merchants wealth also increased. They were were free to use inflation on their exchange rates, giving them even more power. Soon, the merchants became one of he richest social classes in Edo Japan, where most of the samurais, who were onced at the top, struggled. The merchants were looked upon and were considered as 'parasites' in society
They had to live in a separate section of the city
They were forbidden to mix with other social classes except on business
They were forboded to wear embroidered silk (they had no means of luxury)
The merchants gained much luxury and popularity after the economy grew and trade increased. Long periods of peace, allowed economic growth.
In the 1500s, when the merchants gained popularity and wealth, tea ceremonies came back into fashion. The merchants often made themselves into tea masters.
Rural communities operated schools for the wealthier merchant class.
Entire quarters were devoted for textiles made from foreign materials desired by wealthy merchants and samurais.
Much of the art during the Edo period, were influenced by the growing merchant class Merchants wake up early in the morning to collect their commodities from retailers. They then have to walk a long trail from their area of town to the center to set up their trading points. However, they where forboded from mixing with the higher classes, except for business, making their jobs more difficult. After they rose to become one of the highest social class in Edo Japan, they became much wealthier, some also turning into tea masters, after the increasing popularity of tea re-emerged. Although they were still despised and looked down upon, behind their drab facades lay immesurable wealth Thank you for watching :)
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