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Rengetsu, the Martial Artist

Rengetsu, then known as Nobu, was introduced to swordplay around the age of six by her adoptive father Teruhisa, an amateur swordsman …

Fulfillment

Rengetsu hit her stride at age sixty and went on to produce a huge corpus of work—poetry, calligraphy, pottery, painting, and collaborations–over …

The Middle Years

     After the forty-nine day mourning period for her father was completed, Rengetsu left Makuzu-an. She held no official position at …

The Earliest Years

Rengetsu was born on the eighth day of the first month of Keisei III (1791) in the Sanbogi pleasure district of Kyoto, …