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The Samurai class which solidified Japan in the Momoyama and Edo Periods had their roots in the farms and soil of Japan. The disposed rulers had imported the Chinese way of life, and the samurai lacking the education of these previous rulers wanted to decorate their castles and homes with things Japanese. They took artists trained in the Chinese technique and made them replace the jagged cliffs of China with the soft naive hills of Japan. The Kano school was not an abrupt change in the prevalent style of painting, it was just the subject matter which became different.

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