Japanese warriors were trained to perform their duties like men, and even command battles and achieve great victories.
Although the world generally believes that Japanese samurai were originally composed of men, female samurai, also known as female samurai, have actually been associated with men for many years, with varying strengths and strengths, and their combat effectiveness is not inferior.
The evaluation criteria and responsibilities of the female warrior are similar to those of the male. In addition, they were trained to use a weapon specially designed for women called naginata, which is a long stick with a sharp curved blade at the end to help them maintain a better balance.
Female warriors belong to the noble warrior class of Japan, and existed long before the word samurai appeared. From the 12th century to the 19th century, martial arts women were taught martial arts and how to use naginata, mainly to protect themselves and their families.
One of the earliest female warriors was the Queen of Jingu, who served as the regent to administer Japan after the death of her husband. In 200 AD, she personally organized and led the war on the Korean Peninsula, and returned triumphantly three years later.
Although the traditional notion that women are inferior to men and must obey and take care of the family at home is prevalent in Japan, women like Jingu empresses are still allowed to be exceptions. They are considered strong, independent, and encouraged to fight side by side with male warriors.
After the empress of Jingu paved the way, another female warrior, Chie Yumae, gradually rose to an important position. From 1180 to 1185, a power battle erupted between Japan’s two ruling clan sources and headdresses. Genji eventually prevailed and led to the establishment of the Kamakura Shogunate. Tomoe Gozen was the key factor in Genpai’s victory.
Zhihui Yumae, who is considered to be superior to the Queen of Jingu, has incredible skills and first-class intelligence on the battlefield. In battle, she often demonstrated excellent horsemanship and archery, and was proficient in the use of traditional samurai swords.
In addition to the battlefield, Zhihui Yuqian is also a strong man. The soldiers obeyed her orders and believed in her talents. After entering the political world, the fame of Gozen Chie quickly spread throughout Japan. Soon after, the head of the Gen clan appointed Chie Gozen as the shogun of the shogunate.
Tomoe Gozen did not disappoint. In 1184, she commanded 300 samurai to fight against 2,000 headdress clan soldiers, and was one of only five survivors. In the same year, in the Battle of Ashin, General Geno defeated the most outstanding fighter of the Musashi clan, Honda Shiju.
However, after this battle, people knew very little about Yumei Yumae. Some people say that she stayed to fight to death. Others said she rode away, taking Zhu Zhong’s head away. Although Zhihui Yumae never appeared after the war, some people say that she married a samurai and became a nun after her husband died.
In the centuries after the Yue Gozen era, female warriors flourished. They formed an important part of the samurai team, helped defend their villages, and opened more schools across the country to train young girls in the art of fighting and the use of naginata. Although many clans coexist in various parts of Japan, there are samurai forces and women are welcome to join.
In 1868, conflict broke out between the Tokugawa family who ruled the country and the imperial court who played a symbolic role in the shogunate era. A special group of female warriors named Guru Tai, led by the 21-year-old female warrior Nakano Takeshi. She learns martial arts, uses naginata proficiently, and is highly educated.
Under the leadership of Takeko, the master group joined the male samurai to participate in the Battle of Aizu, shouldering the task of protecting the Tokugawa faction. They fought bravely and killed many imperial soldiers in close combat.
However, Wu Zi was finally hit by a bullet in the chest. Before the female warrior swallowed her last breath, she asked her sister, who was also a member of the guru team, to cut off her head to prevent the enemy from using it as a war prize. Bamboo’s younger sister accepted, and buried her head under the pine tree at the Saozomancho Shrine. Later, a monument was built here to commemorate Wuzi.
Samurai is considered to be the last great female warrior, and their era also ended with the Battle of Aizu. Soon, the shogunate collapsed and the leadership returned to the court, marking the end of the samurai era. However, even though the female warrior no longer exists, women continue to participate in subsequent battles, despite the traditional gender concept.
Because other parts of the world often regard samurai as big men, Japanese women tend to follow suit, and the heroic history of female samurai is gradually forgotten.
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