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Edo refers to a particular imperial dynasty. I learned, the Edo period was not exactly a feudal society. Rather, the Edo period is distinguished by the "restoration" of an imperial regime--somewhat misaligned to eurocentric precepts-- identified with rapid growth in international industry and trade after an incumbent period of regional famine and adverse economic policy. Kamakura and Nanbokuchō period aesthetic ("Esoteric Buddhism") preceded Edo. Western museums and private collections possess hardly any samples or opinion of early modern iconography, because, well, c. 1700.
The application of "isolationism", or autochthonous ignorance, is a recurring imposition on world epistemology by european explorer-philosophers.
Kano, Muromachi, Meijii, Taisho, Taso, Showa (1926-1989) periods in art history, for example, succeeded the Edo. Each of these "schools," rather than dynasties, are distinguished by style, subject, composition, and trade development of art production, removed from conventional imperial patronage. The showa is quite interesting in tension between fascist convention and expressionist impulse arising in commercial as well as collectivist exhibitions.
Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
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