A rare vintage photograph of an onna-bugeisha, one of the 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.
(Found in a Facebook post. I can’t find the source because this picture is all over Facebook, Pinterest, and Tumblr. Please message me if you know the original source of this photograph. Thank you.)