- Period between 1603 and 1867
- Japan was under the rul of the Tokugawa shogunate and 300 regional daiymo.
- Most people were peasants, farming staple crops.
- However, an elite group of men were samurais. Samurais were in charge of protecting the feudal lords and their lands. They enjoyed a rich life. They lived according to the moral code of bushido: Here are some of the activities that they did:
- Write haikus- (read an example)
- Kendo (way of the sword)
- Zen Buddhism (Buddhist temple)
- Shinto Shrines
- Kabuki theater
- (Find and Play clip from The Last Samurai)
- Women in the Edo period were expected to be, above all, good wives and mothers.
- Some women were Geishas, who were trained in traditional japanese dance, entertaining guest during meals and playing traditional japanese instruments (show video of the Koto being played)
- Some geishas were used by daimyos to spy on other landlords and sometimes kill them.
- Women became poets, and literacy writers, writing in hiragana only.
Now it’s your turn to use your imagination and do ‘A Day as a Samurai’ or ‘A Day as a Geisha’.
1. Students must work either by themselves or in pairs.
2. They will do a visual timeline of the typical life of a samurai or a geisha. The timeline must have at least 6 different activities, include a timestamp, be historically accurate, include at least 2 sentences for each activity, 2 images in total and include color.