Design Competition – Kendogu for Women: Results

デザイン公募「女性用剣道具」 結果発表 English The Design Competition’ Kendogu for Women’, launched on 15 February this year, received four entries. First, we would like to thank all the entrants from the bottom of our hearts. The editorial team was impressed by the well-thought-out concepts and the high quality of the drawings for each entry. We also feelContinue reading “Design Competition – Kendogu for Women: Results”

Onna Bugeisha: Women and the Naginata

by Curtis Abu Women and their role as warriors in the history of Japan is an interesting topic I’d like to touch upon. There are many literature, plays, and artworks of onna bugeisha1, or female warriors in English, that portray their feats. Depending on the time period, onna bugeisha are said to have had theirContinue reading “Onna Bugeisha: Women and the Naginata”

Nakano Takeko – the last Samurai of Aizu

Transcribed by Paul Budden Nakano Takeko (中野 竹子, April 1847 – 16 October 1868)  Nakano Takeko was a female warrior of the Aizu Domain, who took part in and died during the Boshin War. Her weapon of choice for which was famous was the naginata. She was the leader of an improvised group of female combatants, which independently fought duringContinue reading “Nakano Takeko – the last Samurai of Aizu”

Japanese swordswoman Nakazawa Koto (1839-1927)

Transcribed by Paul Budden There is little written about Nakazawa Koto in English. But according to Wikipedia and other Japanese sources, she was born in Kōzuke Province (modern Gunma Prefecture) in 1839.  Having been taught martial arts in her childhood, she became very skilled in Kenjutsu. Her skill with the naginata surpassed even that of her father, Magouemon, who taught her. She also studied Hoshin-Ryu kobudo and usedContinue reading “Japanese swordswoman Nakazawa Koto (1839-1927)”

Chiba Sana: A Warrior and Healer

by Curtis Abu edited by FLKWW INTRODUCTION For the last few months, I spent a lot of time researching a female historical figure named Chiba Sana¹. Sana is renowned as skilled in bujutsu and possessed a beauty few others could rival during somewhat peaceful times in Japan. Those who train in Classical Japanese martial arts,Continue reading “Chiba Sana: A Warrior and Healer”

On the Occasion of the first issue of Women’s Kendo Magazine

女子剣道雑誌創刊に寄せて Eishin-Gijuku Kobukan (General Incorporated Association) Kancho Hiroshi Ozawa般社団法人盈進義塾興武館館長 小澤博 I would like to congratulate you all on the launch of the new women’s kendo magazine. With the world in the Coronavirus pandemic grip, I feel that times are changing, so I’m looking forward to this magazine. Looking at the world of kendo, many championships andContinue reading “On the Occasion of the first issue of Women’s Kendo Magazine”

%d bloggers like this: