Onna-bugeisha  was a type of female warrior belonging to the Japanese nobility. Many women engaged in battle, commonly alongside samurai men.

Onna-bugeisha was a type of female warrior belonging to the Japanese nobility. Many women engaged in battle, commonly alongside samurai men.

Hand-colored photo of young woman in kimono. Photographer possibly Felice Beato, late 1860’s or 1870’s, Japan.

Hand-colored photo of young woman in kimono. Photographer possibly Felice Beato, late 1860’s or 1870’s, Japan.

manuscrit de la bibliothèque nationale, ms. fr. 12476, f° 10 v°, 1451

manuscrit de la bibliothèque nationale, ms. fr. 12476, f° 10 v°, 1451

An example of a classy Muromachi Period lady, wearing a katsugu on her head and a patterned narrow obi.

An example of a classy Muromachi Period lady, wearing a katsugu on her head and a patterned narrow obi.

combat with a woman in a beautiful anime harness, from 1480s Roman de la Rose MS. Douce 195 fol. 46r

combat with a woman in a beautiful anime harness, from 1480s Roman de la Rose MS. Douce 195 fol. 46r

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