In feudal times, the samurai's wife, or okugatasama (literally: the one who stays at home), looked after the children and chores, and defend the house from thieves and invaders while her husband was away in State or clan battles.
Photographer T. Enami 江南 信國 Self portrait of the prolific Meiji-era artist as a young man. February 2009 was Enami's birthday anniversary. Most of the photos in this album were taken by him. Enami was also an official photographer for National Geographic.
"Woman in sensible armor! 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.
The naginata is one of several varieties of traditionally made Japanese blades (nihonto) in the form of a pole weapon. Naginata were originally used by the samurai class of feudal Japan, as well as by ashigaru (foot soldiers) and sōhei (warrior monks).