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Woman in sensible armor! A rare vintage photograph of an onna-bugeisha, one of the female warriors of the upper social classes in feudal Japan. Often mistakenly referred to as “female samurai”, female warriors have a long history in Japan, beginning long before samurai emerged as a warrior class.  via Hello, Tailor

"Woman in sensible armor! A rare vintage photograph of an onna-bugeisha, one of the female warriors of the upper social classes in feudal Japan. Often mistakenly referred to as “female samurai”, female warriors have a long history in Japan.

Ichiryusai Hiroshige, 1855

Japanese Art: Ukiyo-e. Whirlpool. Ichiryusai Hiroshige. 1855

1855 - Hiroshige (Ukiyo-e). Whirlpool, Utagawa Hiroshige (Japanese: 歌川 広重), also Andō Hiroshige (Japanese: 安藤 広重; 1797 – 12 October was a Japanese ukiyo-e artist, considered the last great master of that tradition.

old Japanese toy design

From "Ningyo-Do Bunko Database" of late XIX-early XX watercolour sketches of old Japanese toy design

不◎空 FU-KU Project: ★ 「観〇光」 KAN-HIKARI ART EXPO 2011

Toshiyuki Enoki ~ Regeneration - [The phoenix is the founder of all animals, immortal and symbolizes resurrection and eternal, it is also a creature symbolizes the emperor]

Kuan Yin

kuan yin, she who hears the cries of the worldArielle Gabriel's new book is about miracles and her everyday life suffering financial ruin in Hong Kong The Goddess of Mercy & The Dept of Miracles, uniquely combines mysticism and realism *