October 22, 2017

Tomoe Gozen's Armor at Jidai Matsuri

Kyoto Imperial Palace Garden
Fujifilm Finepix X100
時代祭巴御前の鎧(京都市上京区京都御苑)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: Tomoe Gozen (巴御前, pronounced [tomo.e]; ca.1157–1247) was a late twelfth-century female samurai warrior (女武芸者, onna-bugeisha), known for her bravery and strength. She fought with Minamoto no Yoshinaka (源義仲) in the Genpei War (源平合戦) and was a part of the conflict that led to the first bakufu (幕府) government in Japan. Her father Nakahara Kanetō (中原兼遠) was a strong supporter of Kiso Yoshinaka (木曾義仲) and her mother was Yoshinaka's wet nurse. She is best known for loyalty and courage at the Battle of Awazu (粟津の戦い) in 1184. (Read more...)

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