African Samurai: The True Story of Yasuke, a Legendary Black Warrior in Feudal Japan

African Samurai: The True Story of Yasuke, a Legendary Black Warrior in Feudal Japan

by Geoffrey Girard, Thomas Lockley

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Overview

Warrior. Samurai. Legend.

When Yasuke arrived in Japan in the late 1500s, he had already traversed much of the known world. Kidnapped as a child in Northeast Africa, he served as a bodyguard to the head of the Jesuits in Asia, traveling to India and China, and eventually arriving in Japan, where everything would change.

Most Japanese people had never seen an African man before. Some believed he was a god. Others saw him as the black-skinned Buddha.

Among those drawn to him was Lord Nobunaga, head of the most powerful clan in Japan, who made Yasuke a samurai in his court. Soon, Yasuke was learning the traditions of martial arts and ascending the upper echelons of Japanese society, where he would live on to become a legend for the centuries to come.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781335044983
Publisher: Hanover Square Press
Publication date: 02/02/2021
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 69,245
Product dimensions: 7.80(w) x 5.20(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Gary Furlong grew up in Wexford, Ireland. Throughout his life he has worn many hats working as a teacher, puppeteer, improv artist, actor, and singer. He can perform in general British, general American, and an Irish accent to a native level and can speak Japanese fluently. He now works full time as an audiobook narrator and voice actor from his home in Ireland.

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