1885 print by Yoshitoshi Tsukioka_The sakura or cherry blossom represents Life's ephemerality. Samurai Yoshitsune and loyal warrior-monk Benkei would've known their end was near. Japanese kamikaze pilots of painted cherry blossoms on their airplanes.
Tomoe Gozen The famously beautiful samurai warrior Tomoe fought in Japan's Genpei War CE). She was known throughout Japan for her skills with the sword and the bow. Her wild horse-breaking skills were also legendary.