S: Japan Project!
1: Japan. Social Structure before Meiji period. Starting with highest class going to lowest.
2: The Emperor
3: The Emperor always was the figure head for Japan, seeming to hold all of the power. But the power belonged to the Bakufu.
4: The Bakufu (Shogunate)
5: The Bakufu hold all of the power in Japan. Holding Military and political matters in their palms and making rules to have absolute power. This did not change incredibly in when the Meiji Period entered Japan.
6: Daimyo The Daimyo were the kind of regional leaders making sure that the Bakufu had control everywhere. The Daimyo were also sometimes Samurai.
7: Samurai The samurai were the soldiers during wars, and held very high status in society, following the bushido code. Though after the wars they became more of civil administrators.
8: Farmers The farmers held much status in society, because they supplied food and currency to the people of Japan, Unlike the renaissance and Europe.
9: Merchants The Merchants, who did not have much status before the Meiji period, starting gaining a lot of wealth and money during it.
10: Outcasts I never really learned much about the Outcasts but I know they dealed with death, and were of low status, but not if their status ever changed.
11: Non-Humans and Geisha The non-humans were people who made their living by begging, acting, and fortune telling. Things japanese people thought were under their status. Geisha were entertainers.