Tomoe Gozen was a late twelfth-century female samurai warrior (onna bugeisha), known for her bravery and strength. She is believed to have fought in and survived the Genpei War She was also the concubine of Minamoto no Yoshinaka.
A Samurai reporting on the Battle to a Woman Warrior by Chikanobu. The messenger gestures as he speaks, broken arrows protruding from his armor and the blade of his sword damaged from use. The woman regards him haughtily, a naginata in her hand.