Meet the Author: Thomas Lockley

How does a sub-Saharan slave become a samurai retainer?

Thomas Lockley, associate professor at Nihon University, combed through English, Japanese and pre-modern Portuguese records to uncover the unbelievably true story of the man history calls Yasuke, the first African in Japan awarded the two swords of a samurai.

At this lecture and Q&A, Thomas Lockley expands on the vivid drama of African Samurai.

From Yasuke’s arrival in Japan in thrall to Portuguese priests to his chance encounter with the most powerful daimyo lord of Japan’s Warring States era, the former slave’s rise to honored warrior and retainer would beggar belief if not for Lockley’s meticulous research relayed in a page-turning, narrative-driven style.


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