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    Kamakura Society Essay

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    In previous centuries Japan was ruled by the emperor and his imperial court, but during the late twelfth century the court began to lose their power to that of clans. Minamoto no Yoritomo, the leader of his clan and victor of the Genpei War, decided to locate his capital in Kamakura, while governing the sharing power of Japan with the Emperor Go-Toba, who gave him the title shogun, which resided in Kyoto. Thus, establishing the first warrior government with a new notion, as stated by Jeffrey P. Mass states in “Identity, Personal Names, and Kamakura Society”, that Minamoto-led bakufu embraced warriors from all clans. Kamakura is stated by David Spafford, as taking its name from the ocean-side town of the same name in Sagami. (7) On the city’s south side expands the Pacific Ocean, on the other three sides lie fortifiable hills that made the capital a military center. Much like its partner, Kyoto was surrounded but by mountains and rivers (Stavros 12). Nevertheless, Kamakura was a strategic position in that it not only was it connected to Yoritomo’s family, but defensible. According to Pierre Francois Souyri, the author of The World Turned Upside Down: Medieval Japanese Society, “The appointment of stewards and military governors by the Kamakura regime upset the…

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    The origination of Japanese culture is unsure, but it is said that it goes back 7,000 years ago. A very important era to focus on is the Kamakura Shogunate era that started in 1185 and ended in 1133. Kamakura lasted for about 150 years, but had a great impact on the history of Japan. In 1192, Minamoto Yoritomo took total control of the country and was appointed shogun. He established the very first warrior government in Japan’s history. When appointed shogun, Yoritomo had total control of the…

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    1. The feather that Takeo is shown came from which bird? The feather came from the Houou. 2. What colour is the Houou feather? The Houou feather is white with a red tip. 3. Whose head is brought to Takeo in Terayama? It’s Ichiro’s head. 4. To what does Makoto compare the farmers in Takeo’s army? Makoto compares the farmers to an ogre. 5. Why did Jo-an go to the temple? Jo-an went to temple to warn Takeo about the Otori’s army. 6.What does the Houou represent? The Houou represents peace and…

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    Minmoto War

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    Finally, the five year civil war is over and with a clear winner. Minamoto Yoritomo, the son of the magnificent Minamoto leader, Yoshitomo (who had died in 1160 in his own similar revolt) has organised and won the revolt against the Taira clan on behalf of the Minamoto family. On May 5th in 1180, Minamoto Yoritomo and Prince Mochihito began to gather alliances. By the very next month, Prince Mochihito had a bounty over his head and was forced to flee to a monastery in Mii-dera. After news of…

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    Over the following centuries the power of the emperor and the imperial court gradually declined and passed to the military clans and their armies of samurai warriors. The Minamoto clan under Minamoto no Yoritomo emerged victorious from the Genpei War of 1180–85. After seizing power, Yoritomo set up his capital in Kamakura and took the title of shogun. In 1274 and 1281, the Kamakura shogunate withstood two Mongol invasions, but in 1333 it was toppled by a rival claimant to the shogunate, ushering…

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    Minamoto No Yoshitsune

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    Minamoto no Yoshitsune was one of the most famous samurai in the history of Japan along with many of his kin. For example, Minamoto no Yoritomo, another popular samurai, is Minamoto no Yoshitsune’s third son. However, this essay will only talk about Minamoto no Yoshitsune and what he has done and what he has accomplished, like where he stands in Japanese literature and culture. In his time, Yoshitsune Minamoto had accomplished many things like leaving questions about when and how he died, but…

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    The Bakufu System

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    unique in the whole world, such as the Chinese emperor control whole china so long time, or the peculiar system at Japan called “the Bakufu system”, this system began at 1185. At 1185, the family of “Taira” fought with the family of “Minamoto”, this two family are the Samurai family at that period, this battle during late Heian-period, and this battle is meaningful for the late of history of Japan, because when this battle finished, the Family of “Taira” is destroyed by the family of “Minamoto”…

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    From 1192-1333, the Kamakura full point stayed in Nihon ese Archipelago ese Archipelago . The warlord s known as 'Shoguns' had winnings over the emperor butterfly s and the rule and the scholar Court ier did not hold any force in the court; it was the Samurai War riors came into cosmos and the feudal system emerged. Hence, the Kamakura Menstruation was marked as the warrior state. In the Kamakura period, it was basically the land based economy and the military authorization was totally handed to…

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    Samurai's Impact On Japan

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    First in the 1100s, the Heian emperors lost control of parts of Japan. The samurai then helped the emperor's rule by taking up both military and political jobs. According to Kallie Szczepanski, a historian who has a master’s in history at Boston University, “As a result, the emperor soon wielded power only within the capital, and cross the country, the warrior class moved in to fill the power vacuum. After years of fighting and establishing a shogunate rule in many parts of the island nation,…

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    Samurai Invasions

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    The most important feature of the medieval period is that the samurai (warrior-administrators) replaced the court government in managing local government. Because the court government had no police force, bands of samurai gained power when the Heian government neglected the administration of the provinces. Samurai strength rested on strong group loyalty and discipline. These bands managed large areas of rice land in eastern Japan, around modern Tôkyô. In 1185 a new government was founded by…

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