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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, beginning long before samurai emerged as a warrior class.

Rare photograph of an Onna-bugeisha, 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, beginning long before samurai emerged as a warrior class.

Kuuya-taki Waterfall (空也滝), Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl

A Drenched Visit to the Kuuya-Taki Waterfall in Western Kyoto ➳ŦƶȠ➳ (via nipponia-nippon)

Steps to Nowhere (Japan)

Temple Entry, Japan photo via amy. Hard to believe the same nation that perpetuated the rape of Nanking and the Bataan Death March, also gives us rock gardens and some of the most beautiful and tranquil places on earth.

Shrine, torii, stone steps (神社・鳥居・石段)

mistymorningme: “ Mitsurugi-sha in Fushimi Inari Shrine by Takashi Photographed at Fushimi Inari Shrine, Kyoto, Japan.

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