The Untold Story Of The Slave Black Samurai “Yasuke”

The True Story of “Yasuke”

Black Samurai: The black samurai Yasuke is one foot taller than his peers and is said to have ten men. Japan is not ready for the impending blow.

In the 16th century, Japan was divided inside and isolated outside. The island nation split into multiple provinces under the rule of the feudal lord Daimyōs in various places and remained closed to the outside world until the era of exploration that brought European explorers to every corner of the globe brought many fascinating new outsiders to Japan

The Untold Story Of The Slave Black Samurai “Yasuke”

The Portuguese were the first Europeans to arrive in Japan and they brought their language, religion and slavery. These slaves were deprived from their African hometown and enslaved on Portuguese ships, following their new masters to travel around the world.

Black Samurai Yasuke Yasuke is a black (African) bodyguard who served the Japanese warlord Oda for a short time

One of these slaves who were brought to Japan eventually was promoted to Samurai and received the highest honor in their new home. This man is now called the Black Samurai Yasuke.

Like slaves, little is known about the origin of Yasuke. He probably came from Mozambique before coming to Japan with a Jesuit missionary named Alessandro Valignano in the late 16th century. This man was one of the first Europeans to bring Christianity to the Far East, and a letter from his Jesuit Luis Frois provided many written accounts of the extraordinary story of the samurai Yasuke.

The Untold Story Of The Slave Black Samurai, Yasuke

Yasuke would have been one of the first Africans ever seen in Japan (and the first African samurai); Frois recounts how Yasuke’s appearance caused such a stir amongst the people that they broke down the door of the Jesuit residence just to catch a glimpse of him and that several people died during the ensuing ruckus. Word of this exotic, dark man eventually reached a daimyō who would change the entire course of Yasuke’s life.

Nobunaga, his son and Yasuke

Lord Oda Nobunaga had a great interest in European culture; he extended his protection to the Jesuits and helped them build a church in Kyoto. He played an extremely important role in paving the way for the total unification of Japan and by the time of his death, nearly half the country’s provinces were under his control.

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When Yasuke was first presented to Nobunaga, he was described as a tall young man whose “strength surpassed that of ten men” and who stood more than six feet tall (a height at which he would have towered above most Japanese men at the time).

The fascinated Da Ming believed that the Africans’ skin must have been stained with ink, so he ordered the slaves to take off their waists and scrub their bodies thoroughly. Then, although Ansuke could only speak a little Japanese, he was impressed by Lord Nobunaga, who is said to like talking to him.

The Untold Story Of The Slave Black Samurai “Yasuke”

The Untold Story Of The Slave Black Samurai “Yasuke”

Nobunaga then brought the former slave into his service and gave him a sum of money, a house and a katana. Since then, Yasuke has been an important member of Daimyō’s entourage and has faithfully served him as an honorary samurai. He has changed from being a Portuguese property to being a member of the Japanese elite.

Nobunaga’s story ended abruptly in 1582, when he was betrayed by one of his accomplices. Yasuke is said to have fought bravely in the final confrontation, helping to defend his master’s castle from Mitsuhide’s troops.

Eventually, when an injured Nobunaga saw that he could not escape, he committed Seppuku’s order instead of facing surrender and humiliation.

Yasuke continued fighting along side with Nobunaga’s forces in the Horde War. In 1582, a battle called the Battle of Tianmu took place. During the battle, Nobunaga was attacked and forced to commit seppuku (ritual suicide in Japan).

His death led to Yasuke being captured by rival clans. His life was spared because they described him as an animal rather than a Japanese. There is no more account of Yasuke’s life and death.

Nor is his surname recorded. It is believed that the Japanese ruler gave him the name “Yasuke”.


Black Panther’s Chadwick Boseman as “Yasuke”-Japan’s First Black Samurai

“Black Panther” star actor Chadwick Boseman starred in Yasuke, the first African warrior in Japanese history.

Chadwick Boseman said during the movie: “The legend of Yasuke is one of the best-preserved secrets in history and the only person of non-Asian descent to become a samurai,” according to Deadline. . “This is not just an action film, it is a cultural event, communication, and I am very happy to be involved.” Although Yasuke was the first, other non-Asian warriors have appeared since.

There are rumors that the film’s development dates back to 2017, when Mike De Luca and Stephen L’ Heureux stated that they will co-produce the film based on the Yasuke story. Deadline reports that Doug Miro, co-creator of “Narcos,” will write the script.


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