The Brush and the Sword: Ways of Writing and Fighting in Medieval Japan
Common stereotypes about the samurai do not accurately reveal how the warriors of Japan behaved during the period of Japan’s civil wars. This lecture reveals how they fought during wars of the 13th through 16th centuries and demonstrates how they recorded and remembered their activities as well.
About the Presenter
Thomas Conlan is Professor of Medieval Japanese History at Princeton University. He has written extensively on samurai history from the 13th through 16th centuries, and the Mongol invasions of Japan.
This program is held in connection with the SAM installation Gentleman Warrior: The Art of the Samurai.
$10; SAM members $7; free at the door for students with ID free
Image: Hideyoshi Viewing Cherry Blossoms (Taiko kan-o-zu), (detail), ca. 1905, Tsuji Kako, opaque color on paper, 67 11/16 × 148 7/16 in., Gift of Henry and Mary Ann James, 98.46.1.