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History Chōnin (町人)

Chōnin (町人, "townsman") was a social class that emerged in Japan during the early years of the Tokugawa period. In the social hierarchy, it was considered subordinate to the samurai warrior class.


Chonin - Japanese townspeople

Society  Chonin - Japanese townspeople

Chonin (“townspeople”, 町 means city ward) were a social class that emerged at the beginning of the 16th century usually settling around castles (城下町 jōka-machi, “castle towns”). They consisted mainly of merchants and craftsmen who supplied goods and services to their feudal lords and the...

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