CONSTANTINE VAPORIS, DIRECTOR OF THE ASIAN STUDIES PROGRAM AND PROFESSOR OF HISTORY
Constantine Vaporis is a consultant and writer for a new exhibit at the National Geographic Museum entitled “Samurai: The Warrior Transformed,” which opens March 7, 2012, and runs through September 3.
The exhibition was planned to coincide with and D.C.’s annual National Cherry Blossom Festival, which this year marks the 100th anniversary of the gift of 3,000 cherry trees to Washington, D.C. by the government of Japan
But what do samurai have to do with cherry blossoms?
Constantine Vaporis, director of UMBC’s Asian studies program and professor of history, has received numerous fellowships for research in Japanese history including a Fulbright Scholar’s Award and an NEH Fellowship for College Teachers. He is the author of “Breaking Barriers: Travel and the State in Early Modern Japan” and “Tour of Duty: Samurai, Military Service in Edo and the Culture of Early Modern Japan.”