10 Female Samurai While strictly a masculine term, the Japanese bushi class did have women who received similar Samurai training. These were called “Onna-Bugeisha,” and were known to participate in combat with their male Samurai. Weapon of choice was usually the naginata, a spear with a curved, sword-like blade that was versatile, & relatively light. Battle site Senbon Matsubaru remains were DNA tested & 35 of 105 bodies were female.

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.

Samurai, late 19th century

This is a cabinet card photograph of a Samurai warrior in full armor with swords and helmet c. mid The photo shows the Samurai with his Katana (long sword) tucked into his sash.

A Kimono and an Obi have many things with a family cost of arms as a motif.

侍の芸術 (Arte Del Samurai)

Samurai Crests usually designed into the tsuba of their katana but also great for graphic or embroidery patterns

Samurai - Warrior - Ronin

The story of the 47 Ronin.Speaking of Japanese samurai, you certainly can not help but mention the story of the 47 Ronin, one of the most celebrated stories of these warriors.


Toshiro Mifune, one of the very best and one of my favorite Actors

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Armor (Gusoku) with Foot Guards Helmet bowl signed Saotome Iye[tada?] (Japanese, Edo period) Armorer: Breastplate inscribed inside, Myochin Munesuke (Japanese, Edo period, Date: and century Culture: Japanese