Just this evening I learned of the passing of a friend, a scholar, and a fellow Japanophile, Anthony J. Bryant. Tony passed away on Christmas Day at approximately 12:30 pm (Indiana time).
Tony (“the Daimyo” to many of his friends) and I met and became friends and co-authors on what became Sengoku: Chanbara Roleplaying in Feudal Japan. He’s done much more, including several scholarly works (including Sekigahara 1600: Final Struggle for Power), and has many associations, but I will remember our many conversations about feudal Japan, a topic we shared a great passion for.
I pay homage to a friend, a mentor, and a true gentleman and scholar. Tony took a dream of mine and guided it into reality in the form of Sengoku, the book we co-authored. Anyone can study text. Only a master can impart to someone the feeling and understanding behind the words. I gained more insight and understanding about the Sengoku-jidai from my short time working with Tony than I did from years of personal study.
I am blessed, as many of us were, from knowing Tony. I’m thankful that he now rides the plains of free of pain or fear. I love you, Tony. Thank you for enriching my life.
God bless you and keep you. Until we meet again.
Rest in peace, old friend.
Originally published on JoinMeForSuccess.com