A Look at Feudal Japan:
Be aware of Japan’s unique history. Japan was never conquered and directly ruled by the Chinese as were Vietnam and Korea.
-Japan was able to selectively import Chinese culture
-After the failure of the Taika reforms, the influence of Chinese culture waned and Japan increasingly defined its own identity
–No growth of a scholar-gentry in Japan
-Japan lacked central administration (ie. this led to a feudal arrangement much of the time)
-Japan basically received only Chinese script, art, Buddhism
A compare and contrast of European and Japanese feudalism:
Click HERE to see Japanese history (pre-1392) through art.
Click HERE to see Japanese history (post-1392) through art.