History has it all about the powers of a Samurai Girl. It is so intense and fiery that no one could easily think of messing with these Japanese warrior girls. They have engraved their names deeply in the pages of history. Kurosawa’s The Seven Samurai, set in the 16-Centruy Japan, definitely gives you a glimpse of the extraordinary powers of Japanese female warriors. Such tough and uncompromising women, did exist in history.
Who is a Samurai Girl?
Samurai girls or the Japanese female warriors were also known as ‘Onna Bugeisha’, who found their earliest precursor in Empress Jingu. This powerful Empress was the wife of Emperor Chuai, the fourteenth emperor of Japan, who perished in a battle. After her husband’s demise, she led an invasion of Korea and accomplished the feat without shedding even a drop of blood. She became the first ever woman to be featured on a Japanese bank note, after using her position to bring about an economic and social reform.
The Katana swords were used by the male warriors. Onna Bugeisha or these powerful female warriors eschewed Katanas, while instead opting for the Naginata.
Naginata is a pole-arm, with a curved blade at the tip, to give the female warriors an edge over the heavy and huge male warriors. In addition to this one, these Samurai girls also used an array of weaponry such as the Bow and Arrows.
The famous examples of Onna Bugeisha are Tomoe Gozen, Nakano Takeko, and Hōjō Masako.
Tomoe Gozen was a Samurai Girl who was active in the late 12th century and the early 13th century. In the Tale of the Heiki, it was written that Tomoe was extremely beautiful with charming features, long hair and white skin. A remarkable archer and a swordswoman, she was worth million dollars. She fought bravely in the battle of Awazu, in which she beheaded Honda no Moroshige of Musashi. She also killed Uchida Ieyoshi in the same battle and proved that no one can mess with this ferocious Samurai Girl.
Nakano Takeko belonged to the 19th century. She was a brave heart, who was shot in the chest while leading a charge against the Japanese Army troops in south-central Japan, of the Ogaki Domain. She knew well that her time in this world was less, and the enemies would take her head as a winning trophy. So, she asked her sister Yuko, to cut her head off her body and burry it. This dignified and valorous woman’s head was taken to the Hokai Temple and buried under a pine tree.
Hojo Masako, born in 1156, was a female political leader and the eldest daughter of Hojo Tokimasa. Masako was well versed with Horse Riding, Fishing, and hunting. Rather than having food with her mother, sister, and other females, she used to eat with the males of the house.
All these Japanese female warriors were an epitome of dignity, valour and power. Their stories have always been an inspiration to every women of all the generations.