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Tomoe Gozen

Tomoe Gozen (巴 御前) was a female samurai warrior known for her bravery and strength.

Tomoe Gozen    The famously beautiful samurai warrior Tomoe fought in Japan's Genpei War (1180-1185 CE). She was known throughout Japan for her skills with the sword and the bow. Her wild horse-breaking skills were also legendary.

Tomoe Gozen The famously beautiful samurai warrior Tomoe fought in Japan's Genpei War CE). She was known throughout Japan for her skills with the sword and the bow. Her wild horse-breaking skills were also legendary.

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Onoe Tamizo as a Samurai Woman Katsukawa Shunshô (Japanese, Period: Edo period Date: ca. 1775 or 1776 Culture: Japan Medium: Polychrome woodblock print; ink and color on paper

Japan: “In the earlier periods such as the Heian and Kamakura, there were female members of the samurai class who became prominent or even present on the battlefield. They were the exception and not the rule, but this doesn’t mean that most women were powerless Onna-musha or women warriors were very unusual. The most famous women warriors were Tomoe Gozen and Hangaku Gozen. Bushi women were trained mainly with the naginata because of its versatility against all types of enemies and ...

Japan: “In the earlier periods such as the Heian and Kamakura, there were female members of the samurai class who became prominent or even present on the battlefield. They were the exception and not.

Iwai Hanshoro and Nakamura Utaemon. c1810.

Iwai Hanshoro and Nakamura Utaemon.

Fuji Arts Japanese Prints - Japanese Woodblock Prints and Decorative Arts

Fuji Arts Japanese Prints - Japanese Woodblock Prints and Decorative Arts

Tomoe Gozen – Female Samurai Warrior

Tomoe Gozen is one of the few examples of a female Samurai warrior. She is believed to have fought in the Gempei wars at the end of the century, alongside her Master (and possibly lover), Minamoto Yoshinaka.

Tomoe-gozen, a female samurai in the Minamoto clan.  ink and color on silk by Miki Suizan.  MIA exhibit, 1/2014

三木翠山 Miki Suizan Tomoe-gozen, a female samurai in the Minamoto clan. ink and color on silk

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