What was religion like during the Tokugawa shogunate?

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What was religion like during the Tokugawa shogunate?

The Tokugawa Shogunate:

The Tokugawa Shogunate was a period in Japan that began in 1603 and ended in 1867. This period was marked by internalization, a rejection of Western ideas and work to create a growing merchant class. Although religion was not a direct priority of the Tokugawa Shogunate, there were significant influences of other elements of the shogunate on religion.

Answer and Explanation:

The Tokugawa Shogunate's rejection of Western ideas brought about a rejection of Christianity and an emphasis on Confucianism. Other prominent religions were Shintoism and Buddhism. After the Act of Seclusion in 1636, Japan prohibited Western (predominately Christian) countries from interacting with Japan. One major effect of this was the end of Western traders who brought their Christian ideals to port and Christian missionaries in Japan. Christians living in Japan during this time practiced their religion in secret.


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Tokugawa Shogunate: Religion and Art

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Chapter 5 / Lesson 15
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Learn about the Edo Period, and when the Tokugawa Shogunate ruled Japan. Read how China, urbanization, and Tokugawa state policy shaped art and religion in Edo.


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