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Rare vintage photograph of an onna-bugeisha, one of the female warriors of the upper social classes in feudal Japan

  • Valerie Martin
    Valerie Martin • 15 weeks ago

    Learning lots today!

  • Alwztru Montelaro
    Alwztru Montelaro • 15 weeks ago

    Ride or die chic!

  • Tiffany Baylor
    Tiffany Baylor • 15 weeks ago

    Beautiful but Deadly has an all new meaning!

  • Andrea Giesbrecht
    Andrea Giesbrecht • 15 weeks ago

    Something about her expression just says, "I am not to be trifled with." I kinda want to send this to people who draw fantasy female warriors and say, "Hey look! No bare skin below her neck, and her armor isn't shaped like giant boobs!"

  • Tiffany Baylor
    Tiffany Baylor • 15 weeks ago

    Andrea I Agree!

  • Trish W
    Trish W • 15 weeks ago

    This is *not* an authentic photograph of an onna-bugeishu. It's part of a set of portraits of Japanese Kabuki actors and geisha in costume, circa 1870s, taken by an unknown photographer & sold at auction :: http://www.liveauctioneers.... Lack of research -- or even mild curiosity -- is how misinformation continues to be perpetuated & spread by the internet. It's sad.

  • James S Oliver
    James S Oliver • 15 weeks ago

    This proves that the JAP Culture has always been a 'Warring' culture......with that evil transpiring up to Prior to WWI and Ended by USA/Allies with Atom Bombs !! FACT !!

  • eriko girl
    eriko girl • 15 weeks ago

    Wow, James S Oliver: what an incredibly ignorant thing to say.

  • Tiffany Baylor
    Tiffany Baylor • 15 weeks ago

    Thank you Trisha for that info but it is still wonderful to know considering I had no idea they even existed. It had sparked my interest and I will do my homework.

  • James S Oliver
    James S Oliver • 15 weeks ago

    NO Ignorancde here on 'my part', Missy 'eriko girl' , just ask the Koreans, Phillipinos, Chinese and natives of all Pacific Islands and U.S./Australian GI Prisoners of War !! Styudy History to overcome YOUR IGNORANCE, Little Warped 'Millineum' GaL.....(gal IS DEROROGATORY expression, in case U don't know that either )........Bla, Bla, Bla..........GOT IT ?? Get off the Electronic Devices and visit a local Library, 'if' there are any remaining where U are .....FACT !! ps Also ask the aging Mixed Asian population of Korean/JAP, Chinese/JAP, Phillp./JAP people today who are NOT accepted because THEY are Result of RAPE/SEX Camps provided FOR JAP Soldiers !! ANOTHER FACT !!

  • Val Lou
    Val Lou • 15 weeks ago

    Great photo, did not know this, it is so great to keep on learning.

  • Sherlene
    Sherlene • 15 weeks ago

    I see that you are on your device. You are a duffus, J.S. Oliver. You need a DNA test, dude. Your world must really be small. What do you really know about the real people of mixed heritage and their struggles? You have only read books that feed the type of world you choose to live in. There is no such thing as a Jap. Besides, Japan has been inhabited by a number of indigenous groups. Today's Japaneses are a mixture of some of those, for the most part. Japan and other counrties have repented of what their country's leaders did, a million fold. Why are you owed a pound of their flesh? That generation is dead, they have been absolved of their sins. In redneck-bohunk land "gal" maybe a derogatory phrase. Wake up, you now live in the 21st century. Onemore thing, guess what, American troops throughout this country's history have engaged in the rape of innocent ones in whatever country they have been sent to. Eriko, I'm sure that you are a wonderful gal.

  • Angela Austin
    Angela Austin • 15 weeks ago

    If some of us had our DNA tested, the results would send us into cardiac arrest. Everyone lives in a glass house so cease throwing stones.

  • Sherlene
    Sherlene • 15 weeks ago

    I can't wait to get mine. I am an idealist. I love the thought of how connected we all really are. Genetics have show we all come for the same two people, called genetic Adam and Eve.

  • Toni Giles
    Toni Giles • 15 weeks ago

    Her face say don't try it. But if you look at her eyes she seem very sade

  • Trish W
    Trish W • 15 weeks ago

    Looks like hate speech comments need to be flagged, preferably by everyone who's offended by it... Perhaps the owner of this board could do something about it.

  • BidKind
    BidKind • 15 weeks ago

    This is actually a photograph of a Japanese actress of this era dressed as a warrior

  • Trish W
    Trish W • 15 weeks ago

    I noted that above, in an earlier comment. Truthfully, I think the owner of this board needs to do something about this pin -- it's getting out of hand.

  • BidKind
    BidKind • 15 weeks ago

    I don't see your comment Trish only 11 above mine - perhaps some comments have been removed and it looks like the wrong ones!

  • Trish W
    Trish W • 15 weeks ago

    That's interesting, BidKind... I see my comment, it was the 6th one posted yesterday. Oh well. I do agree with what you said otherwise :-)

  • BidKind
    BidKind • 15 weeks ago

    Hi Trish - unfortunately your comment is not visible on the iPad app. Just jumped on the Mac and there it is. I totally agree with you on misinformation being perpetuated especially with historical images. Let's hope the pinner amends and the other unpleasantness is kept out of the comments :)

  • Trish W
    Trish W • 15 weeks ago

    I've flagged those comments *twice* & nothing has been done about them. They are very hurtful to those of us of Asian extraction.

  • BidKind
    BidKind • 15 weeks ago

    Will also flag Trish. I hope something is done about them

  • Angela Austin
    Angela Austin • 15 weeks ago

    Sherlene , my DNA indicates I have both Chinese and Japanese ancestry . Likely Genghis Khan is a progenitor since he is reported to have millions of ancestors. He had many many women

  • Marie Allen
    Marie Allen • 15 weeks ago

    Wow that was a lot to read. With that being said :-) I have many friends from many nationalities. Either way, that's got nothing to do with this awesome photo, whether it's for acting, or is a true picture. Very lovely. :-D

  • Sherlene
    Sherlene • 15 weeks ago

    Angela, that is fascinating. My daughters are part Japanese. They are grown with children of their own. I hope one day to talk them into DNA autosomal testing, and perhaps a male member of the Matsushita clan into yDNA. They are supposedly of the Matsushita Electronic Corporation, now know as Panasonic.

  • Sherlene
    Sherlene • 15 weeks ago

    My father in law's father was, also, reportedly Samurai. It was said that he left Japan in the late 1800s because Samurai had their land and status taken from them. Whether that is true I have been unable to confirm. He did have a wife and son in Japan. I don't know if his wife died and family kept the son, but his first son did move to California as an adult. By the time he found his half sibling he was elderly. I met him in the 1970s on his first visit to us. He did not speak very good English and bowed repeatedly. He was a sweet man and I wish that I could fine his family.

  • Sherlene
    Sherlene • 15 weeks ago

    We do have a photograph, by the way, of Junochiti Matsushita in Samurai armor. I understand that offspring of Samurai had studio portraits taken in such. However, it was also popular for anyone to do so. Much like dressing as a cowboy or any other romanticized character in this country.

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  • Janelle Meeks
    Janelle Meeks • 14 weeks ago

    she looks fierce.

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