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Muromachi Period

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  • a_b_cassel
    my site: http://www.abcassel.freehomepage.com Europe in the 14th and 15th century was a region of political and economic turmoil. So was Japan at that time.
    Message 1 of 3 , Apr 3 12:02 AM
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      my site: http://www.abcassel.freehomepage.com

      Europe in the 14th and 15th century was a region of political and
      economic turmoil. So was Japan at that time. Europe was creating and
      destroying the Holy Roman Empire. Japan was splitting its millennia
      old empire into shards and then struggling to piece it back together.
      Until the early 1300's Japan had one central government, ruled by an
      Emperor. That was centered in Kyoto. Then, a struggle for power, and
      a new government was formed. This new government was centered in
      Southern Japan in the Muromachi region. For more than 250 years Japan
      lived in what is now called the Muromachi period. This is a time when
      Japanese art, culture, and fashion changed. During this time of
      political unrest the Samurai rose to a prominience in Japanese life.
      The clothing worn by the warriors was simulated in civilian life in a
      hakana. A simplified Samural costume. Clothes in general in Japan
      became simpler and designed for activity. This is when the kimono we
      know today took shape, as well as the beginning of the obi (the cloth
      tied around the waist - similar to fashions in Europe.) It was also
      during this time that the Kyoto government formalized trade relations
      with China. Exposure to China's culture influenced Japanese artwork.
      The Japan may westerners think of was created during this Muromachi
      period. Proud Samurai fighting for honor, kimonos as cut wraps of
      cloth, the obi, the tabi (split toe socks), and the Chinese style of
      watercolors and wash. In the late 1500's the battles for control of
      Japan ended. The Muromachi government was dissolved, and the Emperor
      returned to full power in Kyoto. Then came the western explorers.

      learn more: http://www.japan-travel.com/e/e2134.html
    • Rachel Blackwell
      The Muromachi Period in Japan began when Takauji appointed himself shogun and established the government in Kyoto. Women wore robes that reached the ankle and
      Message 2 of 3 , Feb 26, 2005
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        The Muromachi Period in Japan began when Takauji appointed himself shogun
        and established the government in Kyoto. Women wore robes that reached the
        ankle and new ways of wearing robes came about. There was an over the head
        veil, as shown on this great site:
        http://www.reconstructinghistory.com/japanese/briefhistory.html There was
        also a corrupt society during the middle of this period, so it was a very
        poor time. The kosode, which is a type of kimono, was born during this
        period. It can be seen here:
        http://contest.thinkquest.jp/tqj2001/40514/english/history-kamakura.html
        Clothing also became simpler during this period as the samurais took over.
        People wore clothes of hemp fabrics, as cotton was not popular. The men of
        the samurai class usually wore kariginu, which can be seen here:
        http://web-japan.org/factsheet/fashion/former.html The women of the
        samurai class usually wore the kosode, which is much like the kimono we
        think of today. For men, the hitatare became formal wear in the Muromachi
        Period and two types of hitatare developed. A kataginu, made of silk was
        also developed for men in this period. These clothes can be seen here:
        http://www.sengokudaimyo.com/garb/garb.html This website is great for all
        kinds of information about any and all Japanese garments. As you can see,
        the clothing in Japan changed with the political situation. The warring
        times of the Muromachi Period had a large influence on the clothing. It is
        very interesting that the kimono has had so many different forms rather
        than just what we think of today.

        Rachel Blackwell
      • Tara Maginnis
        Great site. If you check near the bottom of the choices in the left side index of the site you can also go to parts of the site on Japanese Armor
        Message 3 of 3 , Feb 28, 2005
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          Great site. If you check near the bottom of the
          choices in the left side index of the site you can
          also go to parts of the site on Japanese Armor
          http://www.sengokudaimyo.com/katchu/katchu.html and
          miscellanious aspects of historical Japanese culture
          http://www.sengokudaimyo.com/miscellany/index.html
          which are equally detailed and interesting.


          --- Rachel Blackwell <fsrnb1@...> wrote:
          These clothes
          > can be seen here:
          > http://www.sengokudaimyo.com/garb/garb.html This
          > website is great for all
          > kinds of information about any and all Japanese
          > garments.

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          --
          ----Tara Maginnis, Ph.D., Costume Designer & Associate Professor
          of the Theatre Department of the University of Alaska Fairbanks
          Website: "The Costumer's Manifesto" at http://costumes.org
          Theatre Department Web Site: http://www.uaf.edu/theatre
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