Christmas in Sengoku Japan

"Merī kurisumasu"! It is undisputed that Christmas is the number one most celebrated holiday worldwide. While it is a staple for many Christians, the holiday is also celebrated in areas where Christianity is not as prominent. Japan is one of these examples. While there is a Christian population in the country, Christmas actually looks more … Continue reading Christmas in Sengoku Japan

Lady ChaCha

Woodblock portrait of Lady ChaCha Kanji: 茶々 Date(s): December 1567 (1569?)-June 4, 1615 Other Known Names: Kikuko (childhood), ChaCha, O-Cha, Yodo no Kata, Ni no Maru-dono, Nishi no Maru-dono, Yodo-gimi, Yodo-dono, Daikōin Lady ChaCha, also known as Yodo-dono, was the eldest daughter of Azai Nagamasa and Oichi, Toyotomi Hideyoshi’s second wife and the mother to … Continue reading Lady ChaCha

Tachibana Ginchiyo

Woodblock painting of Tachibana Ginchiyo Tachibana Ginchiyo (September 23, 1569-November 30, 1602) was head of the Tachibana clan and an onna-bugeisha from the Sengoku Jidai. She was the only surviving child of Tachibana Dōsetsu, the “Lightning God”. She was an unconventional leader, and one of the few that had an entourage of trained and armed … Continue reading Tachibana Ginchiyo