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Born 1865 in Okayama
Died May 1927
She was a feminist and worked for women's liberations and equality. Hideko was inspired by a speech made by women's rights advocate Kishida Toshiko in 1882.
Founded a private night school for girls in 1883.
1907 published feminist journal Sekai Fujin (Women of the World)
WOMEN OF JAPAN
The Crown Princess Masako was not always part of the royal family. Masako is the daughter of Hirashi Owada, the vice minister of Foreign Affrais. She had attended Harvard University and graduated Magna Cum Laude in economics. She also attended Tokyo University where she studied law.
Later in her life she married Crown Prince Naruhito whom she wouldn't marry after six years of first meeting him. Together they have an eight year old daughter, Aiko. She is known among the Japanese to be a symbolic and influential woman.
Crown Princess Masako
Tomoe Gozen was an important female samurai in Japanese culture. She was born around 1157 and was the daughter of Gon no Kami Nakahara Kaneto. She became the wife (concubine) of Kiso Yoshinaka, who was one of the most powerful shogun leaders of the Genepei War Era. Tomoe was taught the traditional skills a Japanese woman was expected to learn in her era; reading, writing, musical performance, poetry recitation, as well as martial arts of a warrior.
During the late 20th century Tomoe fought in the Genepei War and earned the title of "Gozen" due to her bravery. She was a vicious fighter, and beheaded several Taira samurai. Her lover was killed before her eyes in war. Tomoe was captured by an ally, forced to marry him, had a baby with him. He passed away before the birth. Tomoe gave birth to a son who grew up to be a samurai, Asahina Yoshihide. The rest of her life is unknown, many believe she became a nun.
Born in 1878 in Sakai, Japan
Died in 1942
Wrote for forty years, is a respected writer and best known for her romantic and emotional poems. In 1901 she wrote and published her first volume or poetry. She began writing as a teenager.
Akiko had ran away to live in Tokyo with her boyfriend who later became her husband, Tekkah.