There had been two major periods in the history of Japan before the era of Meiji that are Heian Period and the Edo Period (Hane, 10). In the Heian period unique origination in the culture of Japan took place and the Edo Period had been the richest duration for Feudal Japan.
During the restoration of Meiji, the main phrase that had been used by the Japanese for describing their objectives for females was “good wife and wise mother” (Hane, 79). This phrase had been introduced by the educator and leader of Japan that was Nakamura Masanao. In the initial glance, it appeared as if a number of efforts had been put in for emulating the western societies across other nations. This had been done following the belief that this had been the only way of reinstating the status of Japan across the globe.
Women had been encouraged for availing higher education, and targeting higher positions for themselves as this will be beneficial for the nation as well (Hane, 91). However, irrespective of these positive intentions, only some changes had been made. MikisoHane, the author of “Peasants, Rebels, Women and Outcastes: The Underside of Modern Japan” seeks on giving a voice to the ones in the lower levels of society in Japan.
As mentioned in the book, the restoration aimed on bringing about the reform of democracy in Japan, and for forming a government that rested upon the opinion of public. The achievement of this practical realization was to be done by terminating the institutions under the feudal system along with the system itself (Hane, 84). In addition to this, the foundation had been laid for a system of education across the nation.