This week, the biography of one of the most unusual figures of Bakumatsu Japan: the peasant Matsuo Taseko, whose career as a member of the imperial loyalist movement defied conventions of gender and defies neat categorization today.
Walthall, Anne. The Weak Body of a Useless Woman: Matsuo Taseko and the Meiji Restoration.
Nenzi, Laura. “Portents and Politics: Two Women Activists on the Verge of the Meiji Restoration.” The Journal of Japanese Studies 38, No 1 (Winter, 2012).