A rare vintage photograph of an onna-bugeisha, one of the female warriors of the upper social classes in feudal Japan.
Often mistakenly referred to as “female samurai”, female warriors have a long history in Japan, beginning long before samurai emerged as a warrior class.
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A photo by Liu Heung Shing, featuring a young couple hiding beneath a bridge in 1989 when Beijing had been placed under Martial Law.
[Ian McEwan] recalls, while researching Atonement, how he came across a letter in the Imperial War Museum from a young lieutenant to his fiancee written as his company was withdrawing from Belgium and all of France seemed on fire.
‘He wrote, “This is the end of civilisation. I don’t see how we are ever going to get out of this.” He’d just seen 20 or 30 orphans lying on the ground, killed by the shelling of the city centre. In a letter sent by the very last post available, he told her to go and see his father and borrow 80 guineas and buy the house they had seen. He said “only ordinariness will save us”.
‘It was a sort of proposal of marriage and reading that I thought something of my own parents and their generation – they seemed so timid and boring in their love of ordinariness and domestic life and simple things. That was why they went on about the new colour TV or the car they polished every Sunday, the regular unthreatening life. They’d seen things we’d never seen.’
School for black civil rights activists; young girl being trained to not react to smoke blown in her face
The epitome of the 1980’s “hard man” in German football. Ewald Lienen curses his luck, and Werder Bremen’s Norbert Siegmann, after a challenge caused a 25 centimeter tear on Lienen’s thigh in 1981. ”The most famous foul in Bundesliga history.”
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