Tomoe Gozen  (1157?–1247), was a late twelfth-century concubine of Minamoto no Yoshinaka.
Tomoe was a rare female samurai warrior (onna bugeisha), known for her bravery and strength. She is believed to have fought and survived the Genpei War (1180–1185).


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.


— The Tale of the Heike
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Tomoe Gozen  (1157?–1247), was a late twelfth-century concubine of Minamoto no Yoshinaka.

Tomoe was a rare female samurai warrior (onna bugeisha), known for her bravery and strength. She is believed to have fought and survived the Genpei War (1180–1185).

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.

The Tale of the Heike
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