The Hiearchy of Japan
I couldn't find any better that would upload.... so instead of phesants put merchants there.
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Emperor: This ruler was a the top of the pyramid of society, but had little power compared to the Shogun. The emperor was merely a puppet for the Shogun to use for religious ceremonies or other ceremonies in which the emperor had to attend. Unfortunately, the emperor had little say in anything at all.
Shogun: The true leader and dealt with most of the issues in the empire. The shogun had the true power in the empire. He had control of much of the conflicts or issues in the empire. He just used the emperor to appeal to the people and used him for religious ceremonies.
Daiymo: Large landowners who had their own army of samurai warriors. These large landowners not only had an army, but they didn't have to pay taxes to the government, unlike pheasants and merchants. In Japanese Daiymo means "great name". If Daiymos were to rich, they would have to do community service.
Samurai: These were the hired warriors of the Daiymo. At first, well built villagers could train to become samurai. Not only being able to carry a sword, samurais got other privileges. These were being able to carry two swords, having their family crest, and a surname. The highest privilege that samurais got was high honor. Samurais followed a code called Bushido or the way of the warrior. If they disobeyed this code, they would have to kill themselves in a honorably way.
Pheasants and Artisans: Made up the largest class and made all the products for merchants to sell. The pheasants counted on the merchants to sell them other products that they couldn't make. Oddly, pheasants and artisans were thought as higher than the merchants.
Merchants: The lowest class in Japanese Society, but should be higher thought of, because the control they economic market.The merchants could sell things that weren't from the area or something rare. The reason why they were thought so low is, because merchants made a living off others labor.