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Culture and Entertainment

Culture and Entertainment

The Edo period (1600-1868), was a peaceful one and samurai warriors needed to find other ways to fill their time, so they turned to culture.  They practiced aristocratic pursuits including calligraphy, ink painting, incense guessing games, writing poetry, ikebana (the art of flower arranging) and cultivating rock gardens.

There was a high level of literacy and cultural sophistication in Edo Japan and many pastimes were not exclusively for the upper classes.  Reading was very popular and there were even itinerant lending libraries.  Considered a masculine pursuit until the Meiji era (1868-1912), ikebana was in favour with the merchant class. Sumō wrestling was another popular form of entertainment.

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