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Photo of a Samurai from the Meiji Period (1868- 1912)


Japan was in a state of turmoil, struggling in the tension between the traditional Tokugawa samurai and the Emporer. Samurai fought against the new…

Portrait of Tomoe Gozen


Tomoe Gozen (1161?–1184?) was one of the few examples of a true female samurai in all of Japanese history. Her main weapon of choice was the…

Naginata blade by Minamoto Lemichi

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Naginatas were often used by foot soldiers to create space on the battlefield. They have several situational advantages over a sword. Their reach…