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Tomoe Gozen (est. birth 1157) has a reputation as Japan’s fiercest female warrior, known for her loyalty and skill on the battlefield. She was admired for her incredible bravery strength throughout a series of battles including the conflict that led to the first bakufu government (Shogun era) in Japan. She fought alongside her master, the samurai Minamoto no Yoshinaka, for many years before he fell in the Battle of Awazu (1184). Gozen escaped the battle at her master’s request. No one is sure what happened next, but as there are no further accounts of her it’s likely she committed ritual suicide (seppuku) to be with her master again.