Michael Zomber Analyzes His Work On Samurai Culture

It took Michael Zomber decades of experience to write Shogun Iemitsu: War and Romance in 17th Century Tokugawa Japan. In a lengthy iUniverse podcast, the American author talked about this book that is loaded with many historical facts. Shogun Iemitsu provides a detailed overview of the samurai culture that dominated Japanese society for generations. This book includes plenty of details about the overthrowing of the Shoguns who ruled Japan in a ruthless way.

Of course, Zomber has also integrated some elements of romance and excitement into the story line of the book. After all, he is a professional author with a rich imagination. Zomber is very skilled in mixing the blurred lines between reality and fiction.  However, Michael Zomber has established himself as an expert on Japanese culture by doing a lot of independent research.

Zomber’s love affair with Japanese culture began in his early adulthood. As a young man straight out of college, he developed a keen interest in antique weapons. At first, Zomber went on a quest to acquire guns and rifles that have been utilized in American conflicts such as the Civil War. He then expanded his horizons by traveling worldwide in search of weapons from international armed conflicts.  For decades, he has been collecting swords that were once proudly used by Japan’s elite warriors. Michael Zomber truly appreciates the superb craftsmanship that went into the making of the custom samurai swords. Such unique weapons have a lot more natural appeal than guns and rifles that have been manufactured in bulk for wars or law enforcement.

After publishing Shogun Iemitsu: War and Romance in 17th Century Tokugawa Japan and Jesus and the Samurai: The Shining Religion and the Samurai, Michael Zomber solidified his status as an expert on oriental culture. Additionally, he has also made a documentary called the Soul of the Samurai. This presentation was released via Renascent Films, an independent studio that is owned and operated by Michael and his wife Andrea.  Michael Zomber’s books are available for purchase through Amazon, as well as on the Barnes & Noble store.

The Human Rights Cause Continues To Fascinate Thor Halvorssen

The growing reputation of producer Thor Halvorssen in Hollywood may be seen as a distraction from the work he completes with the Human Rights Foundation, but Thor Halvorssen remains a name feared by dictators and tyrants around the world. Over the course of his adult life Thor Halvorssen has worked with some of the biggest human rights groups in the world before deciding to establish the Human Rights Foundation in 2005; the decision to create the HRF snowballed to include the creation of the Oslo Freedom Forum that has become one of the top annual events for activists from around the world.

Thor Halvorssen often looks to the future for what he feels are the most important aspects of his life, including his patronage of the Children’s Peace Movement that links children in traditionally democratic countries with those in war torn of the Middle East and beyond.

The work of Thor Halvorssen as a film producer often brings the movies he creates into the realm of human rights activism, including his work on “The Singing Revolution”, which detailed the peaceful battle for independence undertaken by Estonian citizens during Soviet occupation.

Over the years Thor Halvorssen has worked outside the traditional political activism community and feels more groups should operate free from the confines of political affiliations. The majority of human rights activists have shied away from criticizing socialist governments who strip their citizens of human rights, Halvorssen has been an outspoken critic of socialist governments in Cuba and Venezuela because of their record on human rights. For Halvorssen there are major problems continuing around the world that need the attention of organized human rights activism groups, but many are focused on issues in the U.S. and mainland Europe; Thor Halvorssen has decided to leave these issues to groups including Human Rights Watch while the Human Rights Watch looks for problems affecting the everyday lives of millions of people around the world.