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“Tomita Nobutaka and his wife” (1885), Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839-1892)

Tomita Nobutaka’s wife, Yuki no kata, is known for defending successfully Anotsu castle during the 1600 Sekigahara campaign. She and her husband were on the side of Tokugawa Ieyasu. It was common for women of the samurai class to be left in charge of the defending the castle if the lord was away.

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