Hisano Kuroda's Persona: Hojo Masako Picture

Hojo Masako was a real historical figure, not a mythological one. She was the warrior wife of Minamoto no Yoritomo, the first shogun of the Kamakura period. While a warrior in her own right, she is possibly best remembered for her later years; she outlived her husband and afterward shaved her head bald and became a nun.

So there’s some things in this design that harken back to the real Hojo Masako—the prayer beads are kind of a monk thing, and I think monks and nuns are pretty much the same thing. At least, they are in my head. While it’s hard to depict a helmeted/masked being as “bald” I specifically avoided any head ornamentation and tried to increase focus on her white dome to make it kinda look bald.

The scythe was something I really wanted to keep from the Shadow Hisano design, but scythes aren’t symbolically as prevalent in Japanese culture, so I went with giving her a scythe like naginata thing to both get that in there and reference the real Hojo Masako as a warrior. The ragged clothing was taken from Shadow Hisano too, but I changed the color greatly because I didn’t want it to be too similar.

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