Geography of Japan
Besides limited trade, Japan had advantages and disadvantages when it came to the climate. Areas in southern Japan had weather that made the land highly desirable for farmers, however the land was so mountainous that only about 12% was suitable to farm on. There were also strong tropical storms, called typhoons, during late summer and early fall. Typhoons, along with earthquakes and tidal waves threatened the lives of the people, the crops, and their livelihood.
During this time, people would be forced into heavy labor, getting almost nothing from it. For three days a week, people were able to keep what they worked for, however, during the rest of the week, all of their labor went to the warlords as tax. People were given homes, although they were dirty and not well kept, with no luxuries in their lives.