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Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861) Tsumagome: Abe no Yasuna and the Fox Kuzunoha  Series;Sixty-nine Post Stations of the Kisokaido Road, 1852 - 1853The nobleman Abe no Yasuna once rescued a fox by battling the hunter who had trapped it. The fox returned to visit him as a beautiful young lady named Kuzunoha in order to tend the wound he sustained in the fight. They married and had a child, but the couple’s son caught a glimpse of her true form so she decided to leave her family. Here, Kuzunoha appears in ghostly form as she changes back into a fox, her young son looking up at her curiously, tugging at the hem of her transparent robe. Her husband watches in surprise from between the sliding shoji screens, where she has written a farewell note on the paper. She smiles at him one last time before returning to her true nature.

oni-fukucho:

Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861) 
Tsumagome: Abe no Yasuna and the Fox Kuzunoha
 Series;Sixty-nine Post Stations of the Kisokaido Road, 1852 - 1853

The nobleman Abe no Yasuna once rescued a fox by battling the hunter who had trapped it. The fox returned to visit him as a beautiful young lady named Kuzunoha in order to tend the wound he sustained in the fight. They married and had a child, but the couple’s son caught a glimpse of her true form so she decided to leave her family. Here, Kuzunoha appears in ghostly form as she changes back into a fox, her young son looking up at her curiously, tugging at the hem of her transparent robe. Her husband watches in surprise from between the sliding shoji screens, where she has written a farewell note on the paper. She smiles at him one last time before returning to her true nature.

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Tomoe Gozen  巴御前- onna bugeisha

Tomoe Gozen was a female samurai during the Genpei War of 1180–1185 CE. Though female warriors were not uncommon in Japan at the time, Tomoe is one of very few female samurai, highly trained and skilled in horseback riding, archery, sword fighting and she was also greatly skilled in the use of the naginata, which is a long staff with a curved blade at one end. Tomoe Gozen beheaded many enemies with naginata, because she didn’t believe in staying behind in battles, she was always at the fore front of any battle line.
She was a senior captain under general Minamoto no Yoshinaka, and either his attendant or consort as well, depending on the source. Her surname is not known, as Gozen is simply a title, somewhat like “Lady.”

The earliest written source regarding Tomoe Gozen is from the 14th century Japanese classic, The Tale of the Heike, which in turn is derived from oral tradition. This source describes her as almost supernaturally strong, very beautiful, and surpassing her male colleagues in skill and bravery.

The Heike Monogatari goes on to say that Tomoe was one of the last five of Yoshinaka’s warriors standing at the tail end of the Battle of Awazu, and that Yoshinaka, knowing that death was near, urged her to flee. Though reluctant, she rushed a Minamoto warrior named Onda no Hachirô Moroshige, cut his head off, and then fled for the eastern provinces.

Some have written that Tomoe in fact died in battle with her husband, while others assert that she survived and became a nun.

She is among the most popular and widely known female figures in Japanese history/legend, and appears as the lead in at least one kabuki play, Onna Shibaraku