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Surname 1 Student’s Name Professor’s Name Course Date The First Black Samurai The epic story of the first black samurai is perhaps one of the biggest news at the center of various literature pieces, depicting a man who became an essential part of Japanese history. Historical accounts note that Yasuke was the first foreign samurai to be ever accepted in Japan. Yasuke was a black slave from Africa, and when he met Nobunaga Oda in 1581, history was about to be rewritten. Essentially, the term samurai refers to those meant to serve. When Nobunaga Oda encountered Yasuke, the African slave, he was intrigued by his physique, terming him a god. Like the locals in Japan, the warlord had never seen an Africa before, and with Yasuke serving him, he became the center of attraction and massive riot. Nonetheless, the story of the first black samurai remains overlooked in most official accounts. According to a CNN article, Nobunaga Oda believed that Yasuke was a prosperity god "Daikokuten" or a guardian temple (Jozuka). At one point, Oda tried to rub off Yasuke's black pigment because he thought it was ink. When he realized it wasn't blank ink, he threw a party to honor him. Yasuke was particularly crucial to Oda, the warlord, because he came in handy when ninja attacks and merciless assassinations had become the order of the day. Therefore, Yasuke became a vital asset to the security of Oda Nobunaga. Sooner than later, Oda made Yasuke the first black samurai (Jozuka). He further provided him a house and a servant. Yasuke rose and became a powerful man in Japan that he would be spotted riding next to Oda. Furthermore,
Surname 2 Yasuke learned and spoke Japanese fluently. Yasuke’s physical attribute made him an important asset to Oda Nobunaga. According to one BBC article, Yasuke was approximately 6 feet and 2 inches ( Mohamud) . This was an extraordinary height because an average Japanese man was roughly 5 feet 2 inches. Yasuke was,

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