About Gaijin Samurai by Jergus Stevko
Maku was not born in Japan, nor did he ever visit it. Despite that, he is now on a fishing boat bound to Kobe as the first foreign bred samurai, ready to fulfil his mysterious destiny.
Maku’s boat ports in Kobe. He survived the harsh journey only on dried fish and hard liquor, in order to traverse the harsh landscapes and grimy cities of Edo era Japan. Not knowing much about him initially, Maku is looking for any means that can help him reach Tokyo, where his true intentions with Japan lie. The first man he meets is a local pharmacist, who needs help with a suitor who keeps writing love letters to his wife, in exchange for camping gear, so Maku can traverse the mountains and hunt to provide for himself. Despite being a samurai, Maku tends to deal with situations in his own, unique way, following the samurai code on the very edge of acceptability.
Join us on this bite sized adventure ranging from the ports of Kobe, via the forests of central Japan, scary alleyways of Osaka, to mount Kito, all the way to the capital. Experience the combined struggles of a samurai who is also a stranger in the land of the rising sun.
Persistence, trickery, action, fights, great food and amazing nature. Following the classic samurai route, accompanied by wonderful illustrations of Masayatz Murasame, a local artist, will take your breath away and grip you until the very end, where Maku’s true intentions in visiting Japan are revealed.
How could one become a samurai without ever visiting the land? What lessons can we learn from Maku? What is to be found in Tokyo, that he could not fin anywhere in Europe? And what is up with the constant offerings of salty cod? All this to be revealed in this historical snapshot of feudal Japan.
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A young Slovak teacher of Mathematics, who loves writing in his free time. I have been actively writing short stories and novellas for 7 years and recently published my first piece of work, Gaijin Samurai, which I wrote in partnership with Masayatz Murasame, a Japanese illustrator.
Currently, I reside in Vietnam where I am a high school math teacher at a bilingual school. At 29-years of age, I do think I have some worldly experience of living in various countries, such as Slovakia, Vietnam, Czech republic, France or Denmark. My stories try to reflect on that and hence my inspiration is often geographical as much as it is introspective.
In my spare time, aside from writing, I enjoy cooking and eating various strange foods (I am no stranger to duck embryos, intestines or insects on my plate), playing with my pet cat and dog, spending long evenings having a drink and discussing global issues with my fiancé or just riding my motorbike and scouring for inspiration in the ten million city of Ho Chi Minh.
Visit my website gusowrites.weebly.com where you can read some of my short stories for free and get a better idea about who I am and my unhealthy obsession with dark and grimy topics and people, both in fiction and real life.