Téma: Literacy in Japan before Neo-Confucius

I view the neo-Confucianist Tokugawa Japan as an era of education and literacy for the Samurai class. Not sure about the Artisans, farmers and merchants. But I inquire about the samurai before Tokugawa time because a Kindle Direct novel has samurai who spend free time with poetry.

The book occurs in 1562, and is about Takeda VS Uesugi. The author acknowledges widespread illiteracy during Sengoku, but the samurai poetry while sipping tea from porcelain.

Why would sengoku samurai care about poetry or reading period? Weren’t they too worried on Buddhism rituals for poetry, and literacy. F;ower arrangements, tea ceremony, praying, zen repetitive tasks, practicing weapons, battle, and praising anything wabi-sab were what they wanti, right? A samurai wouldn’t need to read, because a monk can just lecture onto him.

I figured that Sengoku people would learn reading as needed, right? A merchant could read kanji related to numerals, measurements, and inventory. A monk could read Chinese, you know, for read Chinese texts on Buddha and Confucius. Maybe a samurai who needed to navigate troops could read a map. A samurai with Court could have statesman or religious officials read to him. Some people would write across to Japan, but I saw some. It is Sengoku, what are chances of a commoner in Shimazu region knowing someone in Osaka? Did the people even need kana?

I didn't find the right solution from the internet.
References :
http://historum.com/asian-history/13008 … ucius.html

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