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Yasuke: The African Samurai

Yasuke: The African Samurai
Japan is not a place one would usually associate with immigrants from Africa or the Caribbean. Yet in the late 16th century Japan’s most powerful warlord, Oda Nobunaga, had a black page who was not only a cultural curiosity but also served as Nobunaga’s bodyguard and was granted the prestigious rank of Samurai. This was a time of incessant warfare as the Ashikaga Shogunate fell and Japan became a war-torn nation with each tribe vying for control of against rival warlords. During this time the key to supremacy lay in controlling the powerless Emperor in his court in Kyoto. In the mid 16th century this civil war was nearing its end with the arrival of the Europeans and their modern armaments, guns and cannons. Nobunaga is himself a very interesting character. Nobunaga was obsessed with all things Western besides their armour and armaments and is one of the first recorded Japanese men to have worn Western clothing, use tables and chairs, and drink wine from goblets. Like this: Related:  Stories, and People, from Africa.Individuals in Japanese History

NO QUEENS IN AFRIKA: Women Rulers in Sword & Soul and other African-Inspired Fantasy | chronicles of harriet NO QUEENS IN AFRIKA: Women Rulers in Sword & Soul and other African-Inspired Fantasy Recently, an article about the history of Nzinga, woman ruler of Angola, has surfaced and is circulating around Facebook. Now, while I am happy to see Nzinga recognized, every time I see it I cringe. Why? Because, the posters of that article scream “The mighty Queen Nzinga!” Sigh. Nzinga was never a queen people! No African woman ever was. That’s right. I should say that no traditional, pre-colonial, woman – or woman who opposed colonization / slavery ever was – because later, you did have some Europeanized African rulers who, in their attempts to reduce the power of women, reduced them to queens – and many women accepted their lot. Nzinga was an Ngola – a ruler of a nation; a “king”, if you must. Some say she was given the title after the passing of her father, who was an Ngola. Traditional rulers throughout Africa were not always given the title and responsibilities of rule by birth or by blood. Hatshepsut

Midnight Eye feature: Hideo Gosha Part 2: The Will To Live Hideo Gosha on set in 1978 Between 1974 and 1978, Hideo Gosha was unable to pursue his filmmaking career and could only make documentary films for Fuji TV. The reason for this predicament was notably the fact that director Taro Okada had more or less supplanted Gosha at Fuji TV. Furthermore, during his 4-year period making documentary films in Japan and abroad, Gosha fell victim to several smear campaigns launched by the media. He was accused of accepting bribes after a shoot (assistant editor Seiichi Sakai once told me that this affair was "the Lockheed of the entertainment business") and of belonging to a yakuza group called Soryukai, run by yakuza boss Masaji Morita. Hideo Gosha surged back to fame with two taisaku mono (prestige pictures): Bandit Vs Samurai Squad (Kumokiri Nizaemon, 1978) and Hunter in the Dark (Yami no Karyudo, 1979). The "vengeful" message of the film is what made Gosha give Shikibu Abe lines such as: "Are law-abiding citizens always flawless?" The Geisha Onimasa

Introduction and Contents This is a list of questions and answers about the Japanese language originally from the Usenet newsgroup sci.lang.japan. Jump to: Writing, Grammar, Word origins, Words from other languages, Japanese and English, Word meanings, Pronunciation, Slang and colloquialisms, Names, Examinations, Word games, Numbers, counting, and dates, Etiquette, Computers, Miscellaneous, Other internet resources, About the sci.lang.japan Frequently Asked Questions. 1. Writing 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17.

African Woman's Story Revived: Autobiography of an African Princess Fatima Massaquoi, Arthur Massaquoi, and Momolu Massaquoi, Hamburg, Germany, ca. 1924. Collection of Vivian Seton Between 1939 and 1946, Fatima Massaquoi penned one of the earliest known autobiographies by an African woman. But few outside of Liberian circles were aware of it until this week, when Palgrave McMillian published The Autobiography of an African Princess, edited by two historians and the author's daughter. The book follows Massaquoi, born the daughter of the King of Gallinas of Southern Sierra Leone in 1904, to Liberia, Nazi Germany and the segregated American South, where she wrote her memoirs while enrolled at Tennessee's Fisk University. She died in 1978, and her story could have died with her. For the most part, it did. "I just thought it was the most amazing piece I had ever seen. Ultimately, his interest in the tale took on significance beyond the proliferation of that particular ancient West African written language. “This vast country has everything good and evil.

Midnight Eye feature: Hideo Gosha: The Manly Way Hideo Gosha on the set of Hitokiri Hideo Gosha has long been overlooked by Western film critics and scholars (a notable exception being Alain Silver, who dedicated several pages of his seminal book The Samurai Film to the director), and this is due to a handful of reasons: first of all, his films were hardly promoted in the West, except for Goyokin (a.k.a. Steel Edge of Revenge) which was screened in festivals such as San Sebastian, Cannes, in Toho’s American theatre, and remade by Tom and Frank Laughlin in 1975 as The Master Gunfighter. So what is there to be found, actually, behind both the pose of critics and the director himself? Hideo Gosha was born in 1929 in the Asakusa district of Tokyo, and therefore stemmed from the lower strata of Japanese society, from the “downtown” of the shitamachi (like, later, Takeshi Kitano). During wartime, at the age of 15 or 16, Gosha joined the Yokaren, the Naval Aviator Preparatory Course. Three Outlaw Samurai The Secret of the Urn Samurai Wolf II

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