The samurai warrior is a familiar figure in popular culture and entertainment, both in Japan and in the West, but who were the samurai?  The samurai class dominated Japan for centuries and created a distinct society and culture in world history.  This course will provide an understanding and appreciation of Japan during the age of samurai rule through focus on the origins of the samurai, ways of warfare, and impact on government, religion, the arts, and popular culture.  Finally, the course will examine the influence and legacy of the samurai on modern Japan.

Instructor:  Mark Ericson was raised in Japan.  He received his B.A. in Far Eastern History and Japanese Language from the University of Washington and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Japanese History from the University of Hawaii.  He has taught Japanese History and East Asian Civilization for the University of Maryland University College for over 40 years.

Location:  St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Room 201

Day and Time:  Tuesdays, February 4 – March 24, 10 am to noon

Fee:  $50

Materials to be purchased:  None.  There will be handouts and suggested readings.