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Yoshitsune with benkei - Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

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 (1180-1185 CE). She was known throughout Japan for her skills with the sword and the bow. Her wild horse-breaking skills were also legendary.

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.

Katsukawa Shunshō (Japanese, 1726–1792). The Actor Nakamura Nakazo with a Sword, Fighting the Actor Ichikawa Raizo II who is Armed with a Lance, 1769. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Rogers Fund, 1922 (JP1357) #sword

Katsukawa Shunshō (Japanese, The Actor Nakamura Nakazo with a Sword, Fighting the Actor Ichikawa Raizo II who is Armed with a Lance, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.