Thursday, 7 April 2011


Minarai Presentation
Thursday, 07 Apr 2011 04:50:25 GMT

At 10pm Jingu chan will be presenting a research paper on Female Samurai at our lovey market stage. You are all invited to hear her talk on this most intresting subject.

Geisha Lian - Musume

[21:59] Jingu Yeu bows respectfully
[22:00] Jingu Yeu: Konbanwa, Minna-san... Thank you for coming to my second presentation!
[22:00] Jingu Yeu bows her head with a shy smile. "I will be reading you my research paper about Onna Bugeisha today..."
[22:00] Jingu Yeu: Onna Bugeisha is a subject that is actually very rarely known much about.
[22:01] Jingu Yeu: I was shocked, when I learned that bugeisha was the name of these women myself!
[22:01] Jingu Yeu: What an Onna Bugeisha is, well... Literally, Bu (武) means powerful or manly.
[22:01] Jingu Yeu: You may know it from the term "Bushi" meaning Warrior... Or Samurai!
[22:02] Jingu Yeu: So onna means woman, and Geisha means art person so when you put it all together, it means female of the fighting arts or something similar.
[22:02] Jingu Yeu: In simple terms, a Bugeisha is more or less a female Samurai!
[22:02] Jingu Yeu: It is often seen that these Bugeisha were often of upper-class descent but could be normal house wives, widows or even rebels who learned the arts of war to protect their family.
[22:03] Jingu Yeu: It is said that Onna Bugeisha often fought along-side samurai.
[22:03] Jingu Yeu: They are even mentioned in such works as the tale of Heike and the Nihon shoki.
[22:03] HappyQuartz Resident: * Bows With Politeness *
[22:03] Jingu Yeu: Onna Bugeisha's are commonly portrayed wielding such weapons as the Naginata, a long staff with a curved blade at the tip that may look similar to a spear the kaiken, a type of dagger.
[22:04] Jingu Yeu: During the Edo era and even later into the early 1900s, classes were given to women as a type of Physical Education of using the Naginata.
[22:04] Jingu Yeu: As a result, the Naginata is a weapon with a heavy female association that can be seen even today in manga and videogames.
[22:04] Jingu Yeu: But let's take a look into the lives of some famous Bugeisha!
[22:05] Jingu Yeu: The first noted Bugeisha is a personal hero of mine, Empress Jingu.
[22:05] Jingu Yeu: Before her fame, Women would often take up the Naginata and Kaiken to protect their villages in the scarcity of male fighters, but nothing more was thought of it until this.
[22:05] Jingu Yeu: Empress Jingu, Pictured behind me, was the wife of Emporer Chuai.
[22:06] Jingu Yeu: After Chuai was killed in battle, The pregnant empress took her armies to the kingdom of Silla on the Korean peninsula.
[22:06] Jingu Yeu: Jingu was very skilled with the bow, it is said and her armies didn't lose a single drop of blood.
[22:06] Jingu Yeu: And then when she returned to Japan, victorious, she gave birth to a son, Emporer Ojin.
[22:07] Jingu Yeu: As a result, Japan supposedly ruled over the three kingdoms of Korea being Paekche, Koguro and Silla.
[22:07] Jingu Yeu: However, this story is vastly referred to as legend as there is no record of Japanese rule in Korea at that time.
[22:07] Jingu Yeu: Jingu's conquest was widely to believed to be based only on the Gwanggaeto Stele, but it also appears on the Kojiko and also the Nihon Shoki.
[22:08] Jingu Yeu: The Chinese book of song also notes the Japanese presence in the Chinese peninsula, though.
[22:08] Jingu Yeu: Whether or not the story is true, Jingu has inspired many women from that point on, and she was even the first woman on Japanese paper money!
[22:08] Jingu Yeu: As time progressed, due to the Japanese Idea of femininity, many women were discredited and even written down as male characters.
[22:09] Jingu Yeu: However, there are still records of even females leading whole clans.
[22:09] Jingu Yeu: During the Kamakura Period, The Genpei war was underway.
[22:09] Jingu Yeu: Many of you may know this story as Heike Monogatari or the tale of Heike.
[22:10] Jingu Yeu: This war was fought between two powerful clans; The Taira and the Minamoto.
[22:10] Jingu Yeu: Minamoto Yoshitaka had a wife by the name of Tomoe Gozen.
[22:10] Jingu Yeu: She is said to have assisted her husband against his cousin, Minamoto no Yoritomo.
[22:11] Jingu Yeu: In the tale of Heike, Gozen was described as being "especially beautiful, with white skin, long hair and charming features. She was also a remarkable archer and swords-woman."
[22:11] Jingu Yeu: Tomoe Gozen has found her way in many modern stories and movies, and back then, she even influenced traditional Naginata schools.
[22:11] Jingu Yeu: She is said to have been a woman worth a thousand soldiers and had great ease in defeating her opponents.
[22:12] Jingu Yeu: She even had a sister named Imai Kanehira who fought along-side her in the battle of Awazu.
[22:12] Jingu Yeu: During this very battle, Tomoe Gozen is said to have decapitated at least one person, one Onda Hachiro Moroshige.
[22:12] Jingu Yeu: Heike Monogatari tells us that Tomoe was one of the last 5 soldiers standing of the Minamoto.
[22:13] Jingu Yeu: Some have written that she died in battle along-side her husband, while others assert that she survived and became a nun.
[22:13] Jingu Yeu: Many paintings can be found of Tomoe Gozen, as well!
[22:13] Jingu Yeu: Unfortunately though, no one can be sure whether Tomoe actually existed or if she was there only to make the tale more Epic.
[22:14] Jingu Yeu: Other sources also describe Tomoe Gozen not of being Minamoto Yoshitaka's wife, but rather his servant.
[22:14] Jingu Yeu: And, what's more, other sources describe her as his concubine or even a prostitute!
[22:14] Jingu Yeu: However, many events described in the tale of Heike, are proven to be true!
[22:14] Jingu Yeu: Tomoe is one of the most popular bugeisha and appears as the lead in at least one kabuki play, Onna Shibaraku.
[22:15] Jingu Yeu: She also has had many anime personalities and cameos in books and movies.
[22:15] Jingu Yeu: That fellow I mentioned before? The cousin of Tomoe's husband? Remember him?
[22:15] Jingu Yeu: His name was Minamoto no Yoritomo. Well guess what?
[22:16] Jingu Yeu: His wife, Hojo Masako was the first Bugeisha to be involved in politics.
[22:16] HappyQuartz Resident: No, sorry.
[22:16] Jingu Yeu: After the death of Yoritomo, Hojo Masako found herself a Buddhist nun which was the fate, at the time for widows of samurai.
[22:16] Jingu Yeu: She was often called "The General in a nun's habit;" or even the "Nun Shogun"
[22:17] Jingu Yeu: With her father's aid, she worked hard to secure the power of the Hojo in Kamakura.
[22:17] Jingu Yeu: One of her first actions was to form a council of elders, the Shukuro, to moderate the power of her son, Yoriie and make him the second shogun.
[22:17] Jingu Yeu: How did she do this? She bullied people.
[22:18] Jingu Yeu: However, her son got ticked at this, because his mom was making everyone hate him and went to the Hiki clan for support.
[22:18] Jingu Yeu: And so, Masako heard her son talking with the Hiki about killing his grandfather, Masako's father... And she dutifully reported this to her father.
[22:18] Jingu Yeu: Too bad Jerry Springer or Maury wasn't alive to document that drama.
[22:19] Jingu Yeu: Regardless, Masako's dad killed off the Hiki clan and Yoriie was forced into exile until he was eventually murdered.
[22:19] Sikuma Nightfire giggles
[22:19] Jingu Yeu: Masako also manipulated the government, using her position; into allow women equal rights of inheritance with their children.
[22:19] Jingu Yeu: And though Women retained their traditional standing of being supportive and caring to their families and husbands, they now had a higher status in the household!
[22:20] Jingu Yeu: Women were now able to control finances, property, manage servants and up keep and also rais their children with a good samurai upbringing.
[22:20] Jingu Yeu: Women were also now expected to protect their household in times of war.
[22:20] Jingu Yeu: However, as the Edo era rolled around, neo confucism also took place which stripped women of any masculine role they felt they had.
[22:20] Sarah Domenici is Online
[22:21] Jingu Yeu: The roaring ideals of fearless devotion and selflessness were gradually replaced by quiet, passive, civil obedience.
[22:21] Jingu Yeu: In the Edo Period, women were restricted by travel as first they were required to be with a man.
[22:21] Jingu Yeu: Second, everyone had to have permits of what their business was and why they were going about it in order to travel around Japan.
[22:22] Jingu Yeu: Officials at checkpoints would often harass onna Bugeisha without respect.
[22:22] Jingu Yeu: During this time, many samurai viewed women only as child bearers.
[22:22] Jingu Yeu: The concept of a woman being fit for warfare was no longer conceivable.
[22:23] Jingu Yeu: The relationship of husband and wife at this time could be described as that to a lord and his vassal.
[22:23] Jingu Yeu: Husbands and wives slept separately and wives were only visited by their husbands for sexual activity.
[22:23] Jingu Yeu: And that, is where shudo came along. . .
[22:24] Jingu Yeu: Men weren't interacting with women very much, and so as a result they began interacting with other men.
[22:24] Jingu Yeu: What could women do about it? Speaking up at a time like this wouldn't have ended well.
[22:24] Miriya Magic is Online
[22:24] Jingu Yeu: Ihara Saikaku even illustrated his philosophies that spoke of women as "Creatures of absolutely no importance," if only to back up the idea that shudo is more acceptable.
[22:25] Jingu Yeu: What is unfair? Despite the social view of women, they were still expected to defend their husbands honor and show solace for death.
[22:25] Jingu Yeu: It was expected at that time for women to look down upon themselves and admit that they were inferior, as well.
[22:25] Jingu Yeu: However, in 1868, during the Boshin war, a woman named Nakano Takeko was recruited to become a leader of a female corps.
[22:26] Jingu Yeu: Her twenty women unit was later referred to as the Joshitai or women's army.
[22:26] Jingu Yeu: She was highly skilled in the Naginata and her and her 20 female comrades battled along side three thousand Aizu samurai in the battle of Aizu.
[22:26] Jingu Yeu: The Hokai temple in Aizu Bangemachi Fukishima contains a monument that was erected in her honor.
[22:27] Jingu Yeu: Also, during the annual Aizu autumn festival, girls wearing hakama and white headbands take part in a procession commemorating the actions of Nakano and her band of female warriors.
[22:27] Jingu Yeu: Bugeisha are commonly associated with Kunoichi, a female Ninja.
[22:28] Jingu Yeu: There is a funny thing about Kunoichi, it is made from the kanji of woman 女.
[22:28] Jingu Yeu: The hiragana kuく makes up the point, while the katana no ノmakes up the curving line and the kanji ichi 一 forms the horizontal stroke.
[22:28] Jingu Yeu: It is said that Kunoichi can be translate to 9 and one, meaning that men have nine orifaces in their bodies and women have one more than men.
[22:29] Jingu Yeu: Ninja are said to be supposed to use each orifice of their bodies in battle. Orifices being the nostrils, eyes, mouth, ears, anus, urethra and for women only, also the genitals.
[22:29] Jingu Yeu: However, there aren’t quite as many famous kunoichi from back in the day, but Kunoichi are more commonly seen in anime than bugeisha.
[22:29] Jingu Yeu: In the modern day, Bugeisha make for interesting characters in anime, comics, games...
[22:30] Jingu Yeu: However, a lot of this I am sure is only within lei of the popularity of samurai or the popularity of women playing more masculine roles.
[22:30] Jingu Yeu: In any case, Bugeisha is a very interesting topic and I only wish that I had known the name long before!
[22:30] Jingu Yeu bows her head with a grin.
[22:30] Jingu Yeu: Arigatou for listening to my research presentation, minna-san.
[22:31] Miriya Magic: cheers
[22:31] Miriya Magic cheers!
[22:31] Jingu Yeu bows respectfully
[22:31] Michiru Melody applauds.
[22:31] HappyQuartz Resident appluads
[22:31] Nix Marabana claps.
[22:31] HappyQuartz Resident applauds
[22:31] Sikuma Nightfire applauds
[22:32] revanx Resident: *nods
[22:32] HappyQuartz Resident: * Bows With Politeness *
[22:32] Miriya Magic: Can we get an encore?
[22:33] Jingu Yeu: An encore?
[22:33] HappyQuartz Resident: Ah sorry i was hitting esc, but i stipped on another key
[22:33] Jingu Yeu: It's okay ^^
[22:33] Jingu Yeu: >.> Umm for my Encore I will... Bow and walk of the stage. Is that okay?
[22:33] Sikuma Nightfire: thats was interesting, what i could listen too before crashing.
[22:33] Hiroko Yokosuka: great research
[22:34] Jingu Yeu bows respectfully

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