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Kurusan Yasuke by emalterre Kurusan Yasuke by emalterre
Yasuke was a samurai of black African origin (Congo or Mozambique). Slaved by the Jesuits Portuguese, he was given to the Japanese to impress them and served under the Japanese hegemon and warlord Oda Nobunaga 1581 and 1582. The name "Yasuke" was granted to him by Nobunaga, ("Kurusan" will come later and means "Mister Black"). He recognized in him, an clever man and gave him his freedom back. He ranked him as a samurai (the first foreign samurai in the history of Japan). Yasuke fought at the side of Nobunaga and his son Oda Nobutada twice, they loose the battle against Akechi Mitsuhide. Presented as a beast, to the victorious lord, Mitsuhide may let him live. Akechi said that the black man was a beast and did not know anything, and furthermore, he was not Japanese, so they should not kill him but take him to the Nanban-dera, literally the temple of the southern barbarians, how the Japanese referred to the Jesuit church.

As he lived in the 16th century, we can imagine is face freely. I base the portrait on the 
american actor Kevin Hart's picture  found on his Instagram. Despite the fact, that the diarist Matsudaira Ietada, described him as 6 shaku 2 sun (6 ft. 2 in., or 188 cm.)
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