Michael Zomber Explains His Interest in Japanese Culture


Just after Shogun Iemitsu: War and Romance in 17th Century Tokugawa Japan was published on Amazon, Michael Zomber gave an online interview about this book. His iUniverse podcast covers various topics such as the book’s plot, setting and other references. Additionally, Zomber explains in the interview what inspired him to write a novel about Japanese history. Anyone who knows Zomber’s background should not be surprised by the revelations that are made in the podcast. After all, Michael Zomber has been collecting antique oriental weapons and armor for more than 40 years. He particularly cherishes his samurai swords, scabbards and other items that have been carried and used by Japan’s elite fighters.

Michael Zomber has also written another novel about Japanese culture. Jesus and the Samurai: The Shining Religion and the Samurai provides plenty of historical lessons on the spread of Christianity in Japan. When the religion arrived in the country, it was accepted by many common people without much resistance. However, Christianity eventually became so widespread that it posed a great danger to Japan’s ancient religious beliefs such as Buddhism. Jesus and the Samurai: The Shining Religion and the Samurai clearly highlights the period when Japan’s government persecuted citizens who followed the Christian faith. As an American Christian, Michael Zomber thought it would be appropriate to write a book about his religion in the Far East. This book links his passion for samurai culture with his own religious affiliations.

Michael Zomber’s prolific resume also includes some films such as the Soul of the Samurai. IMDb credits that this documentary was made in his own independent studio that is called Renascent Films. The Soul of the Samurai informs the audience about the ancient traditions of Japan’s honorable warriors who often served various dynasties. In this film, Zomber reveals some rather shocking lessons on Bushido, which has defined the way of life for samurai fighters. For example, samurai warriors were supposed to avoid confrontations among each other by respecting Bushido. Those who didn’t properly follow this code of honor were often attacked by loyal samurai fighters. Michael Zomber has always been impressed by the tremendous discipline that Bushido has brought into Japanese society.