Photographer's Note

Tomoe Gozen, living in 12th century, was so described:

Tomoe was especially beautiful, with white skin, long hair, and charming features. She was also a remarkably strong archer, and as a swordswoman she was a warrior worth a thousand, ready to confront a demon or a god, mounted or on foot. She handled unbroken horses with superb skill; she rode unscathed down perilous descents. Whenever a battle was imminent, Yoshinaka sent her out as his first captain, equipped with strong armor, an oversized sword, and a mighty bow; and she performed more deeds of valor than any of his other warriors
Tomoe Gozen provides one of the few examples of a true woman warrior in Japanese history. She was married to Kiso (Minamoto) Yoshinaka who rose against the Taira and in 1184 took Kyoto after winning the Battle of Kurikara.

I saw her riding gracefully a horse on a Jidai Matsuri festival in Kyoto.

The highlight of this festival is a procession of colorful and varied costumes and articles of the nobility as well as commoners, representing various ages during the passage of more than ten centuries.
The costumes and equipment used in this procession are historically accurate, based on thorough research by various experts in their respective fields. For example, the weaving and dyeing of the costumes are carried out in the same manner as were the originals.

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