By Michael Freeman, Michiko Rico Nose
Japan has regularly intrigued the area with its deceptively easy mixing of structure, panorama and layout. Zen temples, the recognized tea rite, formal gardens, using wooden, paper and different fabrics within the kind of monitors and flooring all have advanced through the years to create a different, but certainly specified type. Of the forty houses profiled during this publication, every one domestic represents in its personal approach the altering face of jap inside layout and structure.
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It is generally accepted that Confucian ideas came to Japan early in the fifth century. It is a philosophy of moral behaviour and social stability, and would have found fertile soil in a society that already had a well-established hierarchical social order (it remained most powerful among the elites, however, until the advent of feudalism). It rarely came into conflict with Japanese Buddhism. Confucianism focuses on the duties of care, obedience and respect in relationships between ruler and subject, father and son, husband and wife and so on, where the former must take proper care of the latter in return for obedience.
The conflict also meant that the imperial court came to be very closely watched and regulated by the bakufu. Overall the next half century was a relatively peaceful one, 51 A Shor t His tor y of Japan Image Not Available Dai Butsu, Kamakura. − jo − regents in spite of ongoing intrigues among the elites. The Ho continued to rule well. A notable development was the first legal code of 1232 (the Joei Code), which set out practical rules for the behaviour of vassals, as well as regulations governing such things as land tenure and punishments for various crimes.
One may speculate on the reason for his advocacy; perhaps it was respect for China and a desire to appear ‘civilised’, admiration of the structure of Buddhism (as opposed to the 29 A Shor t His tor y of Japan Image Not Available Cherry blossoms, − en, Shinjuku Gyo Tokyo. − ), or philosophical apprerelatively primitive structure of Shinto ciation. Buddhism was certainly supported by a number of subsequent emperors, underscoring the point that major social changes in Japan usually occurred from the top down rather than as grassroots movements.