Who were the Saio?

Women held few positions of power in ancient Japan, but one of the notable positions I've come across is the Saio (or the Saiin that I recently discover whom I think served a different shrine). The Saio was the unmarried, young female relative of a Japanese Emperor.  She was also known as Itsuki no Miko and…

Who were the Onna-Bugeisha and Onna-Musha?

Utagawa Kuniyoshi [Public domain] Wikimedia Commons This is part of a series exploring Japan while I research the history and culture of Japan for my book series, The Messengers. Feel free to point out any errors or if you have anything to add! In my series on famous Japanese women and their roles, I would…