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Some of Japan’s fiercest Samurai were women. Source: Abdulcell / Adobe Stock.

Some of Japan’s Fiercest Samurai Were Women (Video)


In ancient Japan, where the art of battle was predominantly a male domain, a remarkable shift in tradition unfolded, highlighting the tenacity of women in the face of adversity. Takeko Nakano and her sister, Yūko, stand as shining examples of some of the fiercest samurai warriors in history. Their journey into the realm of the samurai began with a compelling mission: to secure their clan's independence following a devastating village invasion. Takeko Nakano, a skilled martial artist, not only wielded a naginata but also masterfully commanded a group of female warriors, known as the Joshigun. They participated in the Battle of Aizu during the Boshin War, a tumultuous period in Japan's history.

Takeko's leadership and combat prowess were instrumental in the defense of their clan's stronghold. Yūko, equally skilled and valiant, fought alongside her sister, exhibiting exceptional swordsmanship and unwavering determination. Their unyielding dedication to their clan's cause and homeland led to their recognition as some of the fiercest samurai warriors of their time. Their contributions on the battlefield played a pivotal role in Japan's tumultuous history, exemplifying that women, like men, possessed the strength and determination to be legendary samurai.

Top image: Some of Japan’s fiercest Samurai were women. Source: Abdulcell / Adobe Stock.

By Robbie Mitchell

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I’m a graduate of History and Literature from The University of Manchester in England and a total history geek. Since a young age, I’ve been obsessed with history. The weirder the better. I spend my days working as a freelance... Read More

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