The first Black Samurai Yasuke gets animated series and comic book!

The hidden history of the first black Samurai, Yasuke, is re-emerging through the form of an animated series and comic book created by Deranta’ Avaloy. Titled Yasuke: Birth of A Samurai, Avaloy and team have launched a HatchFund campaign to bring to life their take on Yasuke’s story. Production on ‘Yasuke’ has already begun, but the team is […]

6 Little-Known Facts About Yasuke, the All-Powerful Black Samurai of Feudal Japan

He Was an Enslaved African Soldier Given Into the Care of an Italian Missionary The origins of Yasuke are shrouded in mystery, but historians believe the African soldier was born in 1555 in what was then Portuguese Mozambique. He was reportedly sold into slavery following the fall of Abysinnian Bengal, an African kingdom ruled by […]

THE FIRST BLACK SAMURAI’S STORY HEADZ TO THE BIG SCREEN

According to the Hollywood Reporter, ‘Highlander’ creator Gregory Widen is writing the script for a new film about Yasuke, the first black-skinned samurai in Japan. The action-drama will focus on known history and mytholgy of Yasuke’s life and how he became the only African to reach such a rank in the feudal Japan. Michael De […]

HIDDEN FIGUREZ: YASUKE, THE FIRST NON-JAPANESE SAMURAI, WAZ BLACK

  What is known about Yasuke is limited and fraught with the uncertainties that history is often full of, but his legacy is strong nonetheless. As the first non-Japanese samurai, many will call into question the proof, but it’s clear that he was the first and that he was Black! Although there is some contention […]

The Legend of Yasuke – From Slave to Samurai

This is not actually Yasuke. Brought to Japan a slave he rose to be a samurai warrior. Born in Portuguese Mozambique, Yasuke「弥助」 (birth name, Yasufe) was brought to 16th century Japan as slave to Jesuit, Padre Visitador Alessandro Valignano. Not long after his arrival he had left his captors and entered into the service of […]