Bungo Nyûmon
A Brief Introduction to Classical Japanese

About the Author

     Anthony J. Bryant is a historian specializing in medieval Japan.

     He graduated from Florida State University in 1983 with a degree in Japanese studies, and in 1986 moved to Tokyo to study the language intensively at Takushoku University. While there, he started writing for local magazines (including Wings, the inflight magazine for Japan Air Lines) and it is there that he wrote his first book for London’s Osprey Publishing, The Samurai, Elite #23.

     While in Japan, he worked as a features editor at the Mainichi Daily News and was editor at Tokyo Journal, an English-language monthly city magazine. He returned to the United States in 1992, and lived and worked in northern California’s Bay Area until hired by TSR to take over as editor of Dragon Magazine in 1995. (That didn’t last long…) After a stint at St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, he found that he really missed academia and joined the department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at Indiana University’s Bloomington Campus which awarded him an MA in Japanese. His thesis was a translation and commentary of the Muromachi tale “Iwaya no sôshi” (The Tale of the Cave House).

     He’s written four books on Japanese military history for Osprey, co-authored with Mark Arsenault the core rulebook for the feudal Japanese role-playing game Sengoku, and in his less-than-copious spare time plods away on supplements for the game. He is the author of such Internet Japanese resources as An Online Manual of Japanese Armour Construction, An Online Japanese Miscellany, A History of Japanese Clothing and Accessories, and A Basic Introduction to Classical Japanese, as well as several essays on historical Japanese topics.



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