What was the Muromachi period like?
The Muromachi period can be divided into two periods: the Northern and Southern Courts period and the Warring States period.
The Northern and Southern Courts period was a time of conflict between Emperor Go-Dai go, who had overthrown the Kamakura bakufu in 1333 and restored political power to the palace in Kyoto, and Ashikaga Takauji, who set up a bakufu government in Muromachi in northern Kyoto under the Emperor Komyo in 1336.
After the death of Emperor Go-Daigo, the Ashikaea clan of the Muromachi bakufu set out to rule the entire country, but the power of the bakufu weakened while the power of the Shugo daimyo throughout the country increased.
In 1467, problems of succession in shogun families marked the Onin War that lasted ten years.
And as the bakufu lost power, the country entered the Warring States period of fighting and disorder.
The Warring States period is the 100-year period beginning with the Onin War in 1467 and continuing until Oda Nobunaga's defeat of the bakufu, in 1573.
Overall, the Muromachi period saw the rise of agricultural production, the growth of commercial activity, and the development ot cities.
Culturally, this period witnessed the birth of ink painting, no and kyogen theater, the tea ceremony, and Japanese flower arrangement.
And with the arrival of Francisco Xavier in 1549, Christianity was brought to Japan.