The entire fascinating story of Japan told in one exciting manga-style volume.
A History of Japan in Manga tells the action-packed saga of Japan from its misty origins to the present day. Epic battles, noble Samurai and duplicitous leaders are all portrayed in modern manga fashion! The lively stories in this book include:
- The Dawn of Japan: The Birth of Buddhism and the transition from hunter-gatherers to agricultural societies of ancient times
- The Genpei Wars: Davage battles between the Taira and Minamoto clans that led to the powerful warlord Minamoto no Yoritomo naming himself Japan's first Shogun
- The Onin Wars: A decade-long struggle for domination of Japan in which thousands of Samurai fought and tragically lost their lives
- The 47 Ronin: Loyal Samurai who vowed to avenge the death of their master, choosing honour over surrender and being forced to commit mass ritual suicide as a result
- The Satsuma Rebellion: A dramatic last stand by Samurai loyal to the Shogun who revolted against the new Meiji government and its plans to modernise Japan finally
- And many more!
Dozens of memorable portraits, manga stories, maps and info sidebars bring the full sweep of Japanese history to life in one easy-to-read book.
About the Author:
Shunichiro Kanaya is a lecturer in the Department of Japanese History at Toshin High School in Musashino, Japan. He is the author of several books on Japanese history and has appeared as a history commentator on NTV, Fuji TV and TV Tokyo.
Zack Davisson is an award-winning translator, writer, and folklorist. He is the author of books like Kaibyo: The Supernatural Cats of Japan, Yurei: The Japanese Ghost, and Yokai Stories, and the translator of books like Soseki Natsume's I Am a Cat and Shigeru Mizuki's multiple Eisner Award-winning Showa: a History of Japan. In addition, his comic work includes Demon Days: X-Men from Marvel, Wayward from Image, and The Art of Star Wars Visions from Dark Horse. He has lectured on manga, folklore, and translation at numerous colleges and contributed to exhibitions at multiple museums. He lives in Seattle, WA, with his wife Miyuki, dog Mochi, cat Shere Khan, and several ghosts.