Nakano Takeko

History

- 23/06/2016 -

Symbol of all women fighters, LAPS has chosen to share the courage and fighting spirit of one of the rare Samurai, Nakano Takeko. A figure of the Boshin War, Nakano led an army of women fighters at the age of 21. Born into a family of the Aizu clan, she was born in Edo, the name of Tokyo in the 1800s.

Educated in the fields of Japanese literary and martial arts, Nakano then developed a warrior's soul.

Nakano Takeko (1847-1868)
Ishi-jo - Kuniyoshi print, 1848
Nakano Takeko (1847-1868)

In January 1868, Boshin's war broke out. A conflict in which those envious of the power of the emperor of the time, Meiji, confront each other. Braving the ban on women fighting, Nakano builds and leads an army of intrepid female warriors on the battlefield.

But during an attack, she is wounded in the chest. Her fatal wound causes her to ask her sister to behead her. By this gesture, Nakano avoids becoming the trophy of the opposing army. Her body will then be buried under a pine tree and a monument will be erected in her memory. Nakano Takeko was thus one of the first of the Onna Bugeisha movement, the samurai women in Japan.

LAPS pays homage to them with these eponymous models.

Nakano Takeko

Out of print edition

(Last models available at the workshop)

Onna Bugeisha

Out of print edition

(Last models available at the workshop)