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By Stephen Turnbull

Описание (About this book): From while the Empress Jingo-kogo led an invasion of Korea during pregnancy with the longer term Emperor Ojin, stories of lady eastern warriors have emerged from Japan’s wealthy background. utilizing fabric that hasn't ever been translated into English ahead of, this e-book offers the tale of Japan’s woman warriors for the 1st time, revealing the position of the ladies of the samurai category in all their many manifestations, investigating their guns, gear, roles, education and trust structures. Crucially, in addition to describing the ladies who have been warriors of their personal correct, like Hauri Tsuruhime and the ladies of Aizu, this e-book additionally appears at events whilst girls grew to become the ability at the back of the throne, ruling and warring during the males round them.

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These were simple affairs on the Chinese modei where the propulsion was by people pulling on ropes. The women, warmly clad against the snow, but otherwise simply dressed as one would expect of the wives of part-time samurai-farmers, operate the catapuits while many more throw stones by hand, hurling down a hail of stones onto the advancing samurai. The appearance of Omori Castle is based on the reconstructed Takane Castle. About 20 harquebuses opened fire. This was not enough to frighten [the women], and the throwing of small stones from the shadows of the moat was like a hailstorm.

Taking advantage of the confusion, Ryuzoji Takanobu led another attack out of the castle against a different section of the siege lines. So devastating was the night raid that the Otomo withdrew the rest of their troops. Myorin-ni, the warrior widow of Tsurusaki Castle, 1586 Myorin-ni is the posthumous name that appears on the ihai (funerary tablet) of one of the best-authenticated and most remarkable examples of a woman taking on an actual fighting role in a battle. Once again the context is that of a defended castle where a woman was to be found left in charge but, unlike other examples where the husband was absent because of military duties considered to be more important, Myorin-ni was the keeper of the castle in her own right following the death of her husband eight years earlier.

This was followed by a deluge of horokubiya (spherical exploding bombs) from Tsuruhime's allies, which drove the Ouchi fleet away. Two years later, at the age of 18, she was again in action against an attack by the Ouchi, but when her fiance was killed in action she committed suicide by drowning. Vena Tsuruhime at Tsuneyama, 1577 Tsuruhime's statue stands within the ground of the Oyamazumi Shrine on Omishima, which the 'Joan of Arc of Japan' defended so valiantly against the forces of Ouchi Yoshitaka.

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