For almost 700 years, from the battle of the Minamoto and Taira clans in the twelfth century up until the Meiji Restoration in 1868, who ruled Japan?

Answer: The warrior (samurai) class. While the samurai based their conduct on court nobility, their incorporation of popular culture and Buddhist thinking granted them a unique culture that left a lasting imprint on Japanese society.

Source: Warrior Rule in Japan by Marius Jansen

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