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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 | Geoffrey Girard, Thomas Lockley
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Warrior. Samurai. Legend. The remarkable life of history's first foreign-born samurai, and his astonishing journey from Northeast Africa to the heights of Japanese society. When Yasuke arrived in Japan in the late 1500s, he had already traveled much of the known world. Kidnapped as a child, he had ended up a servant and bodyguard to the head of the Jesuits in Asia, with whom he traversed India and China learning multiple languages as he went. His arrival in Kyoto, however, literally caused a riot. Most Japanese people had never seen an African man before, and many of them saw him as the embodiment of the black-skinned (in local tradition) Buddha. Among those who were drawn to his presence was Lord Nobunaga, head of the most powerful clan in Japan, who made Yasuke a samurai in his court. Soon, he was learning the traditions of Japan's martial arts and ascending the upper echelons of Japanese society. In the four hundred years since, Yasuke has been known in Japan largely as a legendary, perhaps mythical figure. Now African Samurai presents the never-before-told biography of this unique figure of the sixteenth century, one whose travels between countries, cultures and classes offers a new perspective on race in world history and a vivid portrait of life in medieval Japan.
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Jee_HookedOnBookz
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I‘d highly recommend this to history lovers. Take your time in reading this tome. It‘s worth it! And the pictures definitely helped bring me back to that time period! I‘m getting a copy of this for my dad for his birthday! Oh! Apparently there‘ll be a movie made about Yasuke too!

#Netgalley #HanoverPress #eARC

Full review on my blog: hookedonbookzblog.wordpress.com

Crazeedi I got your note, I have several to respond to! This week!!❤️ 2mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz @Crazeedi don't worry about it, Diane 😊 Take your time! Don't need to rush! No pressure 😊Just enjoy it! 2mo
Crazeedi @Jee_HookedOnBookz I love your notes so much!❤❤ 2mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz @Crazeedi ❤️😘😘 2mo
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This has to be the best book I have read this year! I cannot recommend it enough if you enjoy medieval history. I can't wait for the movie they are going to make about Yasuke. The prose used to tell the story makes it much more like reading a novel, absolutely not the typical dry academic history prose. Get this book. Read it. You won't regret it.

#history #medieval #japan #samurai #african

TNbookworm Great review. This book has been on my radar for a while now. 2mo
Liatrek Awesome! adding to the TBR ❤️ 2mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz Loved this book too! 2mo
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speljamr
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Tonight's #BookAndDinner featured honey bourbon marinated chicken, with red sauce and marble jack shredded cheese on gnocchi, and green beans.

#history

MrBook Hot damn! Adding the book to my TBR too. 2mo
speljamr @MrBook I'm 3/4 the way through the book. It is exceptional. 2mo
MrBook 👍🏻👍🏻 2mo
MrBook Last week I finished Matsuo Bashō‘s “The Narrow Road To the Deep North & Other Travels”. 👌🏻👌🏻 2mo
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Today's #BookAndLunch.

inthegreensandblues That sounds like a fascinating story. 3mo
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