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Ninja and Ninjutsu Today

How ninja and ninjutsu remain at present

The Edo Shogunate (]ŒË–‹•{) which produced 260 years of peace in Japan ended in 1868 and a new modern regime, the " Meiji (–¾Ž¡) " period began.
With this change, the role of the ninja was needed less. The final official position which ninjas took were the classes in the Army Nakano school but in 1945, Japan was defeated by the Allied Forces so Ninjas (”EŽÒ) and Ninjutsu (”Ep) completely became relics in history.
Nevertheless, ninjas and Ninjutsu have left their mark not only in Japan but all over the world! Letfs look at how ninjas and ninjutsu are today.

The appearance of ninja and ninjutsu in Japan today

Children in learning Togakusi-Ryu Ninjutsu

Children learning
Togakusi-Ryu Ninjutsu

Firstly, unfortunately, I have to state a sad fact. Today in Japan, there are no ninjas who earn a livelihood as true ninjas. Certainly, there are many schools where people can learn Ninjutsu but almost of them are not correct and traditional ninjutsu. So, for what reason does ninjutsu exist today? In almost all cases, people take ninjutsu lessons just for physical training, health, aesthetics, mental training, the art of self]defense and interest meaning that in short, itfs "a hobby". So, you may want to ask me if any ninja or true ninjutsu can be found in Japan today. Well, there are. There are not many places but there are some schools and masters which can teach you classical types of ninjutsu which were passed down since the Edo period (]ŒËŽž‘ã) . One of them is " Togakushi Ryu (ŒË‰B—¬) " , and the headmaster of the school is Mr. " Hatsumi, Masaaki (‰Œ© —Ǐº) ". Mr.Hatsumi is the headmaster of 3 Ninjutsu-Dojos including "Togakushi Ryu" and also the acting master of 6 martial arts-Dojos. Mr.Hatsumi has no less than one hundred-thousand disciples all over the world today, and the number of his overseas disciples is more than those living in Japan. Mr.Hatsumi is called "The Last Ninja".
Today in Japan, there exists a man who also has the same name as Mr.Hatsumi " The Last Ninja ". His name is Mr.Kawakami, Jinichi (ìã mˆê) . Mr.Kawakami has been trained " in Koga-ryu Ninjutsu (b‰ê—¬”Ep) " and many martial arts since 6 years old. Although Mr.Kawakami serves as an honorable director of " Iga-Ninja Museum (ˆÉ‰ê”EŽÒ”Ž•¨ŠÙ) " today, basically, he was an ordinary engineer. He has no successors in his ninjutsu so he is called " The last Ninja " . Mr.Kawakami says that ninjas do not match the style of modern day life. In Japan today, what has become of the areas known as the residential places of ninjas, like Iga (ˆÉ‰ê) and Koga (b‰ê)? Almost all of them have become sightseeing resorts with museums, ninja estates, and several events of ninja and ninjutsu. A lot of tourists visit there both domestically and internationally today.

Ninjas and ninjutsu all over the world

Today, foreign people, especially western people have much more enthusiasm for ninjas and ninjutsu than Japanese people do. Togakushi-ryu ninjutsu has branches in several countries and one hundred-thousand pupils on earth. Many people firmly believe that ninjas still live in Japan even today like children trust in the existence of Santa Claus. Some people consider ninjutsu as a very practical skill to protect oneself. Actually, Intelligence officers and Investigators of FBI and CIA have learned Togakushi-ryu martial arts. The wizardry of ninjutsu is really wondered about by and terrifies many people. Unfortunately, there are some people who think themselves as ninjas and really theyfre not, such people have caused problems for other people in the past.
The News about people who pretended to be ninjas and caused some incidents has reached my ears on occasion. In December 2012 in England, a certain man aged 21 years old was arrested, he patrolled around the street dressed as a ninja every night acting as security of his town. Policemen were arrested him. According to the report, the young man just wanted to protect his town and to help the police. He really longed for a ninjas who helped the weak and foiled the plans of the strong and unfair. He might be lacking in discretion a little but this is only a problem with an individual. But in the next case, it has developed into a political problem.

 

Female Ninjas in Iran

Female Ninjas in Iran

In April 2012 in Iran, reuters reporters in Tehran bureau were punished. The whole story is that the 11 reporters delivered a story about women who learned ninjutsu in Iran to the world. The reporters ran the story with a heading of "Thousands of female ninjas have been trained as assassins". The response to the protest by Iranian culture and the Islamic guidance ministry was that Reuters corrected the heading after 10 days.The Islamic guidance Ministry notified that they removed 11 Reuters reporters who were working in Tehran. The woman spoken of in the article also sued Reuters. According to their petition, they said that they had been enjoying ninjutsu just as a sport and the reporters stained their honor. I think such a case happened because it was Iran where political tensions are strong. I wonder if this incident indicates the image about ninjas and ninjutsu for foreign people today.