Karl F. Friday (born 1957) is an American Japanologist.

Friday earned a bachelor's degree in Japanese at the University of Kansas in 1979, followed by a master's degree in East Asian languages and culture from the same institution in 1983. He then attended Stanford University to pursue graduate study in history, earning a master of arts degree in 1986, followed by a doctorate in 1989. Friday began his teaching career as an assistant professor at the University of San Diego. In 1990, he joined the faculty of the University of Georgia, where he was successively promoted to associate professor in 1993, and full professor in 1999. Upon retiring in 2012, Friday was granted emeritus status.[1] He later served as Director of the IES Abroad Tokyo Center, and as professor, and currently professor emeritus, at Saitama University, in Japan. Friday specialized in the study of samurai history and culture, including Japanese martial arts. Friday also holds menkyo kaiden license in Kashima Shinryū.[2][3]

Selected publications


  1. ^ "Karl Friday". University of Georgia. Retrieved 11 April 2022.
  2. ^ Miliaresis, Grigoris (2021). "Battling the samurai myths: An interview with historian Karl Friday". Budo Japan. Retrieved 11 April 2022.
  3. ^ "On Teaching, an interview with Karl Friday". The Journal of Alternative Perspectives on the Martial Arts and Sciences. February 2002. Retrieved 11 April 2022.
  4. ^ Piggott, Joan R. (August 2010). "The First Samurai: The Life and Legend of the Warrior Rebel Taira Masakado. By Karl F. Friday. Hoboken, N.J.: Wiley, 2008. xii, 220 pp. $24.95 (cloth)". The Journal of Asian Studies. 69 (3): 904–906. doi:10.1017/S0021911810001750.
  5. ^ Lamers, Jeroen Pieter (2005). "Samurai, Warfare and the State in Early Medieval Japan (review)". The Journal of Japanese Studies. 31 (2): 466–469. doi:10.1353/jjs.2005.0049. S2CID 145639749.
  6. ^ Goff, Janet (July–September 1998). "Legacies of the Sword: The Kashima-Shinryu and Samurai Marital Culture". Japan Quarterly. 45 (3): 105–106. ProQuest 234913538.
  7. ^ Reviews of Hired Swords include: