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

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

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Overview

"A readable, compassionate account of an extraordinary life.” —The Washington Post

The remarkable life of history’s first foreign-born samurai, and his astonishing journey from Northeast Africa to the heights of Japanese society.

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: 115,775
Product dimensions: 7.80(w) x 5.20(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Thomas Lockley is 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 co-authored African Samurai, the first book in the world about Yasuke, the African warrior who served the Japanese warlord Nobunaga, in 2019. While Visiting Scholar at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, he did much of the research behind his new book, A Gentleman from Japan: The Untold Story of an Incredible Journey from Asia to Queen Elizabeth’s Court. He and his family live in Chiba, Japan.

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.
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