Jobs and Occupations

Jobs and Occupations
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The shogun, daimyo, and samurai spent much of their money in the city, and as a result Edo supported many artisans, craftsmen, and merchants. Farmers occupied the status immediately below samurai, followed by the craftsmen and then the merchants. Craftsmen were further subdivided into three main categories: those who had their own workshops, those who traveled to their place of work, and those who wandered from town to town. Merchants either operated their own shops or peddled their products on the crowded streets. Some workers such as firefighters, eggs testers, and porters provided services rather than goods.

- Armanda Dingledy-Rodie; Chris Drosse; Hollis Goodall, Managing Curator (2007)