Houses In The Shogun Japan Period

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Housing and Living Areas

There were many different manners of houses in the Shogun Japan period.

In Shogunate Japan there were originally two different types of houses, the first house being known as a pit-dwelling house, columns were inserted into a big hole that was dug in the ground and then was enclosed with grass. The second was built with the floor raised high above the ground, this style (The elevated floor) is said to have originated from Southeast Asia. The high elevated floor houses was seemingly used to store grain and other foods so that they wouldn’t rot or spoil from the heat and humidity.

In the vicinity of the eleventh century, when Japan’s unique culture came into full bloom, members of the upper class began to build a particular style of house for themselves
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The houses of different ranks on the social hierarchy

Houses of the Emperor/shogun
• The court nobles surrounded the emperor
• Lived in luxury
• There houses were very traditional
• Lived in the beautiful Kyoto, which was the imperial capital
• There house covered several acres of land
• The houses were usually surrounded by low white stone walls and beautifully painted gates
• The houses were lived in by several families and the main building was shared and contained one large entertainment room
• Lived in castles

Houses of the Daimyo
• There house was used as a place for relaxation and as a warehouse
• There house was fairly large which meant they had a higher rank than the people with smaller houses
• They owned much land
• Some had castles


Houses of the Samurai
• They didn’t have castles
• Had unique features such as gates and walls around the house
• They had unique mailing address
• There house was fairly big
• Lived near the castle
• Samurai homes were typically modest dwelling but with the significant distinction that only samurais house were allowed to have walls and gates

The houses of lower class people
• They lived away from the castles
• Small, straw or mud

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