It's time to show examples that women have strength and ability to dominate, overtake and master fate. Women warriors really did and do exist!
How different the history of Japan would be today if the Ninja society was never a part of their history. And make no mistake, there were plenty of women operatives since 12th century Japan. And still, today, by tradition, there is still a school for Ninja Certification.
Women were trained and moulded into the ultimate expression of death, highly skilled in stealth, and quiet assassination. They were known as Kunoichi, a term that’s evolved to mean "female ninja" in the modern day. So, what is the history of these mysterious figures and how did they function within Japanese society? They spent time in enemy houses, reported secrets and undermined rival houses by any means necessary. Kunoichi could use their gender to their advantage because women were underestimated as warriors. This made it easier for them to get closer to their targets by posing as maids, geisha, servants and priestesses. In some cases, they were taken on as concubines and mistresses, giving them unparalleled access to all their marks.
Kunoichi were used for spy missions, during times of great turbulence. Kunoichi fighting tactics were stealth based and relied on factors like the element of surprise and poison. Like their male counterparts, kunoichi trained with a variety of weapons. Most knew how to use a sword, though female ninjas usually specialized in close hand-to-hand combat—which meant a preference for daggers, garrotes, poisons, and specialty items like bladed fans and claw-like finger extensions known as neko-te. Misdirection and deceit were all part of an average day. The most popular weapon of choice for kunoichi were the neko-te, razor sharp metal claws attached to leather straps. Ranging between one to three inches, the claws could tear at a target’s skin. The neko-te could also be dipped in poison to cause a quicker death.
Just a thought or a foresight? How close does this look like the burqa wearing population of women in the middle eastern countries? The only difference is the mind. Can there be a movement brewing under the burqas? The newly oppressed women forced to wear burqas in Afghanistan are educated, tech savvy and breathed freely since birth, and some are also trained in Japanese martial arts. Necessity is always the mother of invention. Never corner a wounded animal. And history always repeats itself. Stay tuned. I have a feeling that one day the headlines could read "beware of the burqas!" Just sayin'.
Credits: Yamato Magazine
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