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

by Thomas Lockley, Geoffrey Girard

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ISBN-13: 9781335141026
Publisher: Hanover Square Press
Publication date: 04/30/2019
Edition description: Original
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 81,386
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.70(d)

About the Author

Geoffrey Girard is the author of more than a dozen books. Born in Germany and shaped in New Jersey, he currently teaches in Ohio. He was selected for a Writers of the Future prize in 2003, and his debut novel was nominated for a Stoker Award. He has an MFA from Miami University.


Thomas Lockley is an associate professor at Nihon University College of Law in Tokyo, where he teaches courses about the international and multicultural history of Japan and East Asia. He has published several dozen research papers and articles, including the first in the world regarding the life of Yasuke. At the time of writing, 2018, he was Visiting Scholar at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. He and his family live in Chiba, Japan.


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.

Table of Contents

Prelude: Yasuke de gozaru 13

Part 1 Warrior

C1 A Welcome to Japan 19

C2 Only the Grace of God 38

C3 The Ghosts of Africa 50

C4 Seminary Life 60

C5 The Terms of Employment 75

C6 The Witch of Bungo 89

C7 Pirates and Choir Boys 99

C8 A Riot on Monday 115

C9 Tenka Fuba 132

C10 Feats of Strength 147

Part 2 Samurai

C11 Guest of Honor 159

C12 Treasures Old and New 172

C13 The Way of Warriors 194

C14 His Lord's Whim 204

C15 Oda at War 219

C16 The Dead are Rising 230

C17 Collecting Heads 242

C18 Fuji-san 260

C19 Battle Cry 272

C20 The Honno-ji Incident 289

Part 3 Legend

C21 Japan, Tomorrow 307

C22 The Guns of Okitanawate 319

C23 Possible Paths 331

C24 Yasuke Through the Ages 358

Afterword 381

Author Note 395

Notes 403

Index 457

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