The female warrior samurai Hangaku Gozen by Yoshitoshi (1839-1892
Real life samurais…
I filed this under my Bugs Bunny 'innnnnteresting' board but honestly I do find this fascinating. And there were female ones? ...more research needed, I now want to know.
T. Enami. Ancient Warrior Costume of the Japanese. (Self-portrait). (ca. 1902).
Photo of an Onna-Bugeisha, female Samurai warrior of feudal Japan. 1800's. Samurai clans trained their daughters in the art of combat to either defend their homes when husbands went to war or for battle. Battle scene forensic have shown that up to 30% of remains are female. History doesn't mention these heroines.
Onna-Bugeisha: Female Samurai Warriors of Feudal Japan, 1800s
Onna-bugeisha was a female warrior belonging to the Japanese nobility. Many women engaged in battle, commonly alongside Samurai men. They were members of the Bushi (Samurai) class in feudal Japan and were trained in the use of weapons to protect their household, family, and honour in times of war.
Meet the Samurai Women of Asian History
Meet the Samurai Women of Asian History: Tomoe Gozen on Horseback