Junko Tabei (b. 1939) is a Japanese professional mountain climber who, in 1975, became the first woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest. She achieved this as part of an all-female expedition of fifteen.

In 1992, after climbing Puncak Jaya in Indonesia, she became the first woman in the world to complete the Seven Summits. She is the director of Himalayan Adventure Trust of Japan, an organisation which fights for the preservation of mountainous environments.

On May 16th, 1975, Junko Tabei of Japan became the first woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest.  During the climb, an avalanche buried her team.  Tabei lost consciousness, and her body was badly injured.  After being freed from the snow by sherpas, this team of fifteen women stepped forward instead of retreating.  They would not give up.
“Technique and ability alone do not get you to the top - it is the willpower that is the most important.  This willpower you cannot buy with money or be given by others - it rises in your heart.” ~ Junko Tabei

belovedbabydoll  asked:

Sorry not to pressure you! But are you looking at any rejected princesses in Japan for either now or the future?

Hey! I’ve done a few, and there two or three more in the book coming out in October!

For an easy way to check if I’ve done someone from a specific region, check out the map on the main site:

(just wait until I add the 80 unique book entries to that thing, it’s going to be significantly more filled in)

As for Japan entries available to you right this very moment, there’s a couple!

You have Masako Hojo, the Nun Shogun:

You have Tsuruhime Ohori, teenage shrine maiden warrior:

And covered elsewhere on the site (although not in fully illustrated form), we have a number of other Japanese figures. This includes:

A theory by a Japanese historian that famous warlord Uesugi Kenshin was a woman (spoiler alert: probably not, but maybe intersex?).

Junko Tabei, first woman to climb Everest:

Ashima Shiraishi, phenomenal Japanese-American tweenage mountain climber:

Yukako Fukashima, who develops prosthetic fingers for Yakuza members:

And a link to this awesome Dazed Digital post about Japanese girl gangs of the 70s: