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Bryan Simmons World Civ 1112 2/8/2008 Paper 3 Although there are certainly those individuals who think that life in feudal Japan was a simpler, easier time, but that idea could not be farther from the truth. Life in Tokugawa Japan, from 1603 B.C.E. to 1868 B.C.E., was a life largely restricted by class and gender. Citizens were split into different classes, the men being split into Samurai, Farmers, Craftsmen (or Artisans), Merchants, and other minority groups. Women were either mistresses, prostitutes, or Geisha. Although this system was highly effective for the time period, the feudal system was eventually vanquished by the fluctuations of the economy. Unfortunately, biases against certain castes (the eta) still persist today. The men in Japanese society had considerably more freedom than the women. This was due to the Confucian belief that women were inferior to men, and also due to the “Three Obediences”, which states that “Women should obey the brother, husband, and son” (A Women’s Role). Due to this societal and
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