Rare photograph of an Onna-bugeisha, 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.
Lina Cavalieri, was considered one of the most beautiful women in the world. As a young girl, she ran from the orphanage with a theatre group, made career as a singer first in Paris and soon all around Europe. In 1900 she debuted as opera singer .