Asian Studies. Japan’s Classical System and Medieval Era

Was the so-called “rise of warriors” a complete overthrow of Japan’s classical system or not? Explain your view

The rise of warriors in Japan participated in the collapse of the classical Japanese system which was adopted from Chinese civilization with centralized government, Confucianism, Buddhism as well as Chinese language and writing system. Samurai warriors rose, altering political structure and norms after amassing resources and forming alliances among themselves. This led to the foundation of a government, which continued to be strong in the military and economically.

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Warriors dominated the courts, becoming even more powerful at the end of the Heian era due to their engagement with the Hoogen. Moreover, they accelerated the rivalry, which existed between the Taira & Minamoto clans during the Heiji rebellion where Taira no Kiyomori emerged victoriously and attained the position of imperial advisor. He captured the central government leadership and founded the initial samurai subjugated government. With time, warrior nobility referred to as bike-dominated cultural values such as literature e.g. poetry and artistic skills were adopted by the courts, which normally were present during japans’ classical system.

How and why did religion and cultural production (such as art and literature) change in Japan’s medieval era?

Medieval Japan existed between 1185 and 1600, dominated by the Japanese feudal government, which persisted for some time. The period was different from the previous classical periods. This is the period in which the samurai were in power. Cultural and religious aspects dominated during this period. Buddhism was spread to every societal level, which influenced greatly the literature. Medieval Japan ruled by the samurai converted the courts where warriors were put in place.

Warfare dominated this period and therefore, arms and weapons being designed and people sought refuge in religion, Buddhism. The religion adopted by ordinary people spread in entire Japan. Military lords came up and built castles meant for samurai retainers.

The culture was marked by personal loyalty, enlightenment by respect, and meditation with a zen ritual, the tea ceremony, dominating the period where tea houses were decorated with calligraphy as well as floral arrangements. Medieval Japanese literature is largely dictated by Buddhism aspects of mortality and freeing oneself from worldly aspects so as to become liberated from the anguish of man’s living.

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