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02.07 Assignment

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Medieval Japan
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02.07 Assignment

  1. 1. Greetings from medieval Japan! It has only been a week since I have come here to Japan, but I have already seen and experienced so much of the culture of this island nation. It was interesting to see the major differences in our culture and that of the Japanese. Did you know that the Japanese government is heavily influenced by the Chinese? Japanese scholars were sent over to China to bring back information on how the Chinese government functioned. These scholars also brought back knowledge on the wisdom that lies within the teachings of Confucius. In addition to melding the government to be more like the Chinese government, the Japanese government also intends to make Buddhism it’s official religion. However, many people are reluctant to let go of the native shinto religion.
  2. 2. Exploring the Arts The arts are currently thriving here in medieval Japan. Women could not hold political leaders or learn chinese like men, but they served as important contributors to the literary arts. Lady Murasaki Shikibu, for example, wrote Genji Monogatari , which is considered as the world’s first novel. Japan’s own forms of poetry (also known as waka) are also evolving. The literary arts aren’t the only kind of art that is doing well. The Noh theater is a major performance art. This art consists of masked actors whose movements are limited. It seems that the aristocrats who come to watch the Noh performances already understand the story behind each performance.

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