Food, Farming, and Art

in Medieval Japan


  • Calligraphy is the art of writing beautifully.
  • The oldest form of poetry was the tanka.
  • They made wooden statues, furniture, and household items.
  • The Jomon made clay pottery in 5000 B.C.
  • Noh masks were carved from a single piece of wood for actors
  • The masks were lightweight and could be worn for hours.

Food and Farming

  • The farmers grew rice, wheat, and barley.
  • They often consumed rice and fish.
  • Farming was the main source of wealth in Japan.
  • The farmers used better irrigation than their ancestors.
  • They planted more crops as improvements in farming occurred.
  • Farmers would save enough food for themselves and their families.
  • The excess food supply was sent to markets to be sold.

By Danielle Simon