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Samurai: History & Myth

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May 13, 6am EDT / 7pm JST


Dr. Jonathan Clements will deliver an overview of the samurai in Japanese culture and history—the evolution of their arms and armor, their legends and battlefield traditions and the process by which a military clique seized control of a nation for hundreds of years. How much of today’s lore about Bushido, the “way of the warrior,” is historically accurate?

This event will be off-the-record. Questions are encouraged. It will not be recorded. The event is free, but registration is required.

Click here to register. Visit the YCAPS website to learn more.

This event is part of YCAPS’ Getting to Know Japan Series. The webinar series is supported through the CGP Salary Assistant Grant for U.S.-Japan Community Grassroots Exchange Program.


Dr. Jonathan Clements is the author of A Brief History of the Samurai and A Brief History of the Martial Arts, as well as a biography of Admiral Togo and an acclaimed translation of Sun Tzu’s Art of War. He has recently completed a history of the rise and consequences of Japanese militarism, to be published by Tuttle next year. He was a visiting professor at Xi’an Jiaotong University, China from 2013-19, and has presented three seasons of Route Awakening, a TV series about icons of Chinese culture, for National Geographic.

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