Women Warriors

Women Warriors: Masami Odate

Japanese history is filled with stories of onna-bugeisha and kunoichi, proud warriors who fought for what they believed in and those stories continue to repeat themselves in the modern day. 

Wrestling is a medium where many Japanese women are leaving their mark, redefining the industry and kicking down doors. A woman at the forefront of this movement is Masami Odate, better known by her ring name Io Shirai.

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Women Warriors: Kaori Housako

In Japan, the role of women has varied greatly across the ages. From master sake makers to fierce fighters, many Japanese women have carved out lasting legacies across multiple fields. This includes the world of wrestling and one of most successful Japanese women wrestlers of the modern era is Kaori Housako, better known by her ring name Kairi Sane.

Starting from an acting background, Housako translated her love of theatre into the realm of sports entertainment. It put her on the path to joining the ranks of other influential Japanese women wrestlers like Meiko Satomura and Dash Chisako. Continue reading “Women Warriors: Kaori Housako”

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Women Warriors: Kanako Urai

Throughout Japan’s history, there has been many women who have gone against tradition. Some of the most famous names include the likes of Nakano Takeko, Empress Jingu and Tomoe Gozen. These warriors have laid the groundwork for modern Japanese women to leave their mark on the world.

A woman who has followed in their footsteps is Kanako Urai. Better known by her wrestling names, Kana and Asuka, Urai is one of the most gifted athletes on the planet. Continue reading “Women Warriors: Kanako Urai”

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Women Warriors: Meiko Satomura

Japanese history contains many examples of inspirational women who forged a legacy. Onna-bugeisha like Tomoe Gozen and Nakano Takeko led the way for modern Japanese women to break the mold and make a name for themselves. The wrestling industry is the perfect place for seeing contemporary onna-bugeisha in action, and one of the most decorated modern Japanese women warriors is Meiko Satomura.

With a wrestling career that has spanned over twenty years, Satomura has not only revolutionised  women’s wrestling, but she’s also helped to train a new generation of Japanese female wrestlers and keep the industry moving forward. Continue reading “Women Warriors: Meiko Satomura”

Pop Culture and Japan

6 Japanese Wrestling Moves Used In WWE

Wrestling is one of the most well-known sports in the world, due to the influence of companies like the WWE. The performers have travelled all over the globe, honing their craft and being exposed to different cultures and wrestling styles. A countless number of wrestling moves have been popularised in the WWE and several have their origins in Japan. Here are six Japanese wrestling moves that have been used in the WWE. Continue reading “6 Japanese Wrestling Moves Used In WWE”

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What Makes Japanese Women Some Of The Greatest Wrestlers In The WWE?

Watching wrestling is one of my favourite pastimes. From an early age, I remember watching the likes of The Undertaker, Triple H, Stone Cold Steve Austin and The Rock putting on instant classics in the ring, and my appreciation for the sport has only grown over the years. In recent times, the WWE has become more open to signing independent talent from across the world, with Japan standing out as a premier destination.

When it comes to signing Japanese talent for the women’s division, WWE has outdone itself. In this article, I’m taking a closer look at the Japanese women wrestlers who have made their mark in the company. Continue reading “What Makes Japanese Women Some Of The Greatest Wrestlers In The WWE?”