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Japanese Feudal System

Japanese Feudal System

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Peasants
Farmers are the highest rank of this class

Craftsmen (also called artisans) are the middle rank in this class

Merchants are the lowest rank in this class

Most of Japan's population belonged to this class

Samurai
Work under the Daimyo

The lowest class that was allowed to have a family crest & surname

Follow a strict moral code called "Bushido"

The lowest rank allowed to carry two swords

Directly above the peasants

Daimyo
Powerful warlords

Have total military and economic control in their own province

Reports to the Shogun

Directly in charge of the Samurai

Shogun
Highest ranking noble

Held the most power

Top military leader

In charge of the daimyo