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.)  

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