Anthony Bryant

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Anthony J. Bryant (1961-2013) was a historian of Japan specializing in Kamakura, Muromachi, and Momoyama period warrior culture. His areas of interest also included Heian period court structure and society and Japanese literature.

Bryant was born in Franklin, Indiana. After graduating from Florida State University in 1983 with a bachelor's degree in Japanese studies, he did his graduate work in Japanese studies (history, language, and armor) at Takoshoku University in Tokyo, graduating in 1986. Bryant resided in Japan from 1986 to 1992. He also had an Master of Arts in Japanese from Indiana University.

An authority on the making of Japanese armor, he joined the Nihon Katchū Bugu Kenkyū Hozon Kai ("Japan Association for Arms and Armor Preservation"), and was one of four non-Asian members. He worked as a features editor for the Mainichi Daily News, and as editor for the Tokyo Journal, an English language monthly magazine.

He was also the author of four books for Osprey Military Publishing on samurai history.


  • Iwaya no sōshi (The Tale of the Cave House). Translation of the Muromachi Era story - author's thesis.
  • The Samurai, (Elite), Osprey Publishing, London (1989)
  • Early Samurai AD 200-1500, Osprey Publishing, London (1991)
  • Samurai 1550-1600, Osprey Publishing, London (1994)
  • Sekigahara 1600, Osprey Publishing, London (2000)
  • Sengoku, Gold Rush Games; Revised edition (May 1, 2002)
  • Sekigahara 1600: The Final Struggle for Power, Praeger Publishers; (September, 2005)
  • The Estates of Heian Nobility (essay)

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