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Michael Zomber: Books and Films About Japanese History


In the fall of 2009, Michael Zomber published two books about Japanese history. Shortly after the publications, he launched a podcast about them on the iUniverse website. His online interview covers all of the important topics of “Shogun Iemitsu: War and Romance in 17th Century Tokugawa Japan” and “Jesus and the Samurai: The Shining Religion and the Samurai.” Both of these titles highlight Zomber’s interest in Asian history and traditions. More specifically, he is a big fan of the ancient samurai traditions that have been interwoven into Japanese society for generations. In fact, Michael Zomber holds a sizable collection of swords, armor and other weapons that once belonged to samurai fighters who served Japan’s powerful dynasties. It’s not surprising that he was invited to provide his insight on the History Channel’s Guns of the Orient. Despite the title, this show has a lot of content about samurai swords and other classic weapons.


Michael Zomber’s personal collection of antique weapons also includes some guns and rifles from the American Civil War and American Revolutionary War. He even owns a pistol that was perhaps fired by George Washington during some battles against British forces. Additionally, Zomber possesses some guns that belonged to Simon Bolivar, a prominent revolutionary leader in South America. For the most part, Zomber is only fascinated with antique firearms that are typically displayed in museums, galleries and historic sites. He is simply not a big fan of modern weapons that don’t have much aesthetic appeal or historic value. Michael Zomber emphasizes the spiritual aspect of samurai swords and other related accessories.


As a creative author and film producer, Michael Zomber is a truly skilled man who knows how to share his passion with the rest of the world. After opening his own film studio, he released the “Soul of the Samurai” with some help from a Buddhist leader in Los Angeles. As a guru on samurai traditions, Kensho Furuya gave Zomber plenty of reliable information for the production of this documentary. One of the most important topics in the “Soul of the Samurai” is Bushido, which refers to a traditional code of honor.

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