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By Keith Walker

Documents the stories of a battle within the phrases of these ladies brave sufficient to stroll into hell. --San Francisco Chronicle

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Time was of the essence because Toyotomi Hideyoshi had now joined the fight against the Shimazu, and he was preparing to invade Kyushu, ostensibly to help the Otomo. The defence of Tsurusaki under Myorin-ni was kept up One section of the moat was almost filled with the enemy soldiers killed by the women. Yet whatever the immediate outcome may have been, Toranosuke's (Kiyomasa's) soldiers possessed numerical superiority, and even though the women had overcome some male enemy soldiers, they could not tolerate the dishonour of defeat by the surviving women and children, so in a scene that must have been terrifying they responded with a fierce attack, and out of the 300 women there were only two survivors, both of whom were severely wounded.

We are told that Tsuruhime donned a suit of armour, took in her hands a naginata with a 'white shaft' (which may indicate plain wood) and thrust a wakizashi (short sword) through her belt. She then went down into the castle courtyard and invited the other women of the garrison to join her. They were very reluctant to do so because they believed that women who fought in battle would be punished in the afterlife. Tsuruhime assured them of the reverse, that they should not fear death because death on the battlefield would lead to the Western Paradise of Amida Buddha in the Pure Land.

Four months later the invaders returned, and while the Ouchi general Obara Nakatsukasa no jo was being entertaine4 on his flagship he came under attack from Tsuruhi~e in a raid. Using a 'bear paw' rake she climbed on board and sought out the general for single combat. At first he mocked her presumption, but Tsuruhime cut him down. This was followed by a deluge of horokubiya (spherical exploding bombs) from Tsuruhime's allies, which drove the Ouchi fleet away. Two years later, at the age of 18, she was again in action against an attack by the Ouchi, but when her fiance was killed in action she committed suicide by drowning.

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