Long before the term " samurai " came into usage, Japanese fighters were skilled with the sword and spear. These warriors included some women, such as the legendary Empress Jingu, who lived between approximately and A. Linguistic purists point out that the term "samurai" is a masculine word; thus, there is no "female samurai. Between the 12th and 19th centuries, many women of the samurai class learned how to handle the sword and the naginata primarily to defend themselves and their homes. In the event that their castle was overrun by enemy warriors, the women were expected to fight to the end and die with honor, weapons in hand.
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While stereotypes exist for nearly every race, country or culture, Japan has the unfortunate honor of being one of the most stereotyped nations on Earth. Below are some of the most commonly believed — and despised — stereotypes about Japan and its people. Do Americans eat cheeseburgers every day? Do Germans eat sausages and drink beer every day? Sushi is the most obvious staple food of Japan, but it is far being the only one.
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So much for the argument that leaving a baby to cry can result in brain damage. These Japanese sumo wrestlers believe the exact opposite: That a good long wail can be healthy for babies. That, at least, is the theory behind the bizarre 'crying sumo' or Nakizumo festival held at the Sensoji Temple in Tokyo earlier this month. Evil spirits: Japanese belief holds that the tears can ensure good health for the children.
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