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. 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 weapons.
spot of color; Japanese traditional roof, Kawara 瓦; pinned 8/17/15