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Yasuke Zip Hoodie

$69.99

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Some stories are so unique that even the sands of time cannot erase, such is the the incredible story of Yasuke 弥助 the only known samurai of African origin.

Yasuke's original name was Yusufe and was probably a member of the macua tribe, a population settled in what is now Mozambique. Legends say Yasuke arrived in Japan around 1579 as a aid of an Italian Jesuit priest, but quickly earned the interest and the respect of the top Japanese feudal lords of the era.

Oda Nobunaga, who at the time dominated much of the civil war-ravaged Japan, was fascinated by Yasuke, at a time when the average Japanese men height was about 1.50 meters ( 5 feet ), Yasuke was a dominating giant towering everybody at an outstanding 1.90 meters (6'2"). Nobunaga, positively impressed by Yasuke's qualities as a warrior, raised him to the rank of samurai with the right to wear the daishō, giving him a katana, a house and making him one of his bodyguards; Yasuke became the first foreigner to become a samurai, preceding the Europeans William Adams and Eugène Collache. 

On June 21, 1582 Yasuke was with lord Oda Nobunaga when he was betrayed by his generals and involved in what is known as the Honnō-ji incident, forcing what was then the most powerful man in Japan to suicide. Yasuke managed to escape with his lord's son, Oda Nobutada, but they were later captured by Mitsuhide's troops.
Nobutada was forced to seppuku while Yasuke not being Japanese was taken to a Christian church in Kyoto. Although there is no further written information about him after this, oral history says that Yasuke became a ronin, a masterless samurai traveling the eastern lands teaching martial arts and helping other budding warriors sharpen their will along with their katanas. 

The graphic is printed with vibrant and durable water based color ink for a light and comfortable feel. Special details were made to stand out using a unique 3D ink that give them a raised feel.

Printed in the USA, Poly/Cotton blend for a light and warm feel. YKK Premium zippers. This product fits true to size

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