ARTISANS AND MERCHANTS World Cultures Japan Daily Life Presentation By Neel R. and Colleen D.
Merchants in the Japanese Society <ul><li>They were considered a very low class in Japanese society. </li></ul><ul><li>The...
How merchants were related to castle towns <ul><li>There was an exchange merchant who acted as a channel of access for mer...
The Coinage <ul><li>Coinage helped merchants  operate. </li></ul><ul><li>Coins were made of  gold, silver,  copper, and ir...
Ukiyo-e Prints <ul><li>Gained popularity during the Edo Period (1603-1868) </li></ul><ul><li>Woodblock prints with image p...
Conclusion <ul><li>Artisans made goods that people used for daily life activities </li></ul><ul><li>Merchants are one of t...
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09 P7.Artisans And Merchants

  1. 1. ARTISANS AND MERCHANTS World Cultures Japan Daily Life Presentation By Neel R. and Colleen D.
  2. 2. Merchants in the Japanese Society <ul><li>They were considered a very low class in Japanese society. </li></ul><ul><li>They added no value to the economy. </li></ul><ul><li>They sold goods that were made by others to make money. </li></ul><ul><li>They traveled in passenger boxes known as “kagos” because they were very wealthy. </li></ul><ul><li>Eventually, the merchant class grew to a position of more power and influence. </li></ul><ul><li>While merchants were successful, the samurai became poor. </li></ul>
  3. 3. How merchants were related to castle towns <ul><li>There was an exchange merchant who acted as a channel of access for merchants and craftsman. </li></ul><ul><li>He organized the sale of rice and other products of the area. </li></ul><ul><li>As castle towns grew, artisans and merchants began to inhabit them. </li></ul><ul><li>Merchants were the wealthiest class to live in castle towns. </li></ul><ul><li>Stores were established along the road between Edo and castle towns. </li></ul>
  4. 4. The Coinage <ul><li>Coinage helped merchants operate. </li></ul><ul><li>Coins were made of gold, silver, copper, and iron. </li></ul><ul><li>The coinage was not the same throughout Japan. </li></ul><ul><li>Gold was used in Edo, and silver was used in Osaka and Kyoto. </li></ul><ul><li>The coin with the least value was made of copper and called the “zeni”. </li></ul><ul><li>1000 zeni equaled a rectangular gold coin known as the ichibu kin. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Ukiyo-e Prints <ul><li>Gained popularity during the Edo Period (1603-1868) </li></ul><ul><li>Woodblock prints with image prints on them </li></ul><ul><li>Ukiyo-e prints with Kabuki actor images were sold at Kabuki theaters </li></ul><ul><li>The images were usually of town life and entertainment </li></ul><ul><li>A famous practitioner, Katsushika Hokusai, used woodblock prints to fill new life into old tradition of scenery painting </li></ul>
  6. 6. Conclusion <ul><li>Artisans made goods that people used for daily life activities </li></ul><ul><li>Merchants are one of the lowest classes of the Japanese society </li></ul><ul><li>People did not like merchants because they sold goods made by other people to make money </li></ul><ul><li>Merchants were the wealthiest class of castle towns </li></ul><ul><li>The coinage was difficult to make because it required four metals </li></ul><ul><li>Artisans and merchants continue to produce and sell goods </li></ul>

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