The Feudal System
Feudalism was a type of government system, but it was also a way of life. It was one of the key ways that Japan kept a structured society, because this system benefited all of the social classes, not just the upper levels. The feudal system is usually exemplified as a social pyramid, with the upper levels on the top, and the lower levels on the bottom. In Japan, the Shogun was on the top, then the daimyos and lords, the samurai, and last on the pyramid were the farmers and peasants. Each level of the pyramid got something from the upper levels, and gave something back in return. The upper levels gave land and protection, and the lower levels gave food and money.
It was a great way to structure their society because each class felt like they were getting something. It was a very orderly system where everyone had a place and a set of rules/laws to follow, but at the same time every class was getting something and felt appreciated. Without this system, all of the lower classes (i.e the peasants) would rebel and try to take over the government. There would be lots of fighting over power and also many rebellions. So feudalism was a great way to keep their society in order.
Japan's tea ceremonies were a big part of their culture. They represented harmony, reverence, and the state of being calm. They often had items like an artistic flower arrangement, decorative scrolls, different utensils, and a bowl with tea.
The Japanese often practiced calligraphy, which is the art of beautiful writing. Samurai also practiced calligraphy to be students of culture. It was often displayed on colorful handmade paper, and was sometimes even sprayed with perfume.
Haiku was a type of poem invented by the Japanese. It had seventeen syllables in all, and had three different lines/clauses. The first line had five syllables, the second one had seven, and the last line had five.
HOw Isolation helped their society
The isolation of Japan helped their society because of several reasons. For one thing, not having much contact with the Asian mainland allowed them to develop a lot of their own ideas. They could come up with their own government system and have control of the people, because there was no where else to go. It also gave them a natural barrier against any foreign enemies. They could look from all sides of the island to see if any enemies were coming.
How Their society would have been different without it
If Japan hadn't have developed in isolation, many of the ideas that they came up with might have been lost. They might have never had tea ceremonies, calligraphy, and haiku. There would have also been a lot more wars because they would have been much closer to the mainland. It would be a lot easier for enemies to attack them, and Japan wouldn't have been able to see them from all sides.