Onna Bugeisha/Onna Musha

There were several other groups of warriors throughout the course of Japanese history, although the samurai class constituted
society’s elite.

ONNA BUGEISHA/ONNA MUSHA:

Onna Bugeisha or Onna Musha, were the female warriors. The classic image was that they protected the home, often armed with naginata. Some research suggests that Onna also participated on the battlefield. During excavations on various battlefields it has been found found remains of female warriors. This means that female bushi had a more active role in Japan’s historical battles than previously thought.

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