Kidnapped Princesses etc.

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Posted by Troy on April 02, 2003 at 18:10:52:


I noticed in a lot of kabuki prints where the heroine is kidnapped or involved in some intricate affair that after the woman's name is the word "hime" or "princess". What does this word actually mean? Are "princesses" the daughters of the feudal lords, or does this mean some connection to the imperial family? Or is it a general term that these women take to give them a sense of being higher class than they are? Do you know what I mean? I'm curious.

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