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The Reality of Ninja   Entry List

Ninja's special food

Needless to say, it was demanded that a ninja (E) be a ninja 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, given that fact, diet was crucial and they were very particular about their food intake.Firstly, as already mentioned, a ninja could not be over 60 kg in weight, basically, ninjas had simple diets and they lived a life based on Eastern medicine, which indicated that " food and medicine shared the same source ". This idea meant that "eating well made for a healthy constitution and kept sickness away". I...

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Ninja's ever-changing Costume

Generally, the most famous type of ninja's outfit was like the one below, black cloth completely over their body, a black hood and black mask on his head, and wearing chainmail underneath. As explained several times, such an appearance is something that has been molded throughout the history of fictional entertainment like Kodan (uk) or comics. If so, what type of costume did a ninja wear usually? Ninjas were spies and masters of disguise. Above all, his true identity as a ninja could never be k...

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Tricks and Traps in Ninja House

A classical JapanesefarmhouseGroups of ninjas (E) settled in the deep mountains. Their social status right there was basically as clans and farmers. So their houses also had the function of a farmhouse. The outward appearance of their house was quite similar to that of an ordinary farmhouse. They were located in the center of fields but above all, the most important thing was that a ninja was a spy so his house had to be designed for espionage. Naturally, a ninja had a lot of enemies. It meant ...

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The Organization of Ninja

The castle in IgaFirst of all, as long as there were a variety of ninja schools, the form of the ninja organizations would not be uniform. In other words, the systems of the ninja's associations were equal in quantity to the number of factions. Stated plainly, there were two types of setups in the ninja organizations. One was a kind of vertical society which was fixed by a strict class system. The other was a horizontal society. The representative of the former was "Iga (ɉ) ", and the typical l...

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The Social Status of Ninja

When talking about ninjas (E), what we should bear in mind is that ninjas were something quite different to the norm in every sense. For instance, a ninja's way of fighting was based on sneak attacks. This was the biggest difference between ninjas and samurais. A Samurai was always demanded to be fair and square. In a samurai duel, using tricks and deceiving onefs opponent was perceived as a poor tactic. On the other hand, a ninja's activities were composed of these four actions " espionage (...

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The Headquater of Ninja "Iga"

Among all of the ninjas hometowns, the most famous and powerful one would have to be " Iga (ɉ) ". At present, Iga is located in the west of Mie Prefecture (Od), which is almost at the center of the whole of Japan. Well, what was the reason why Iga became so great. I am going to explain about it now. Firstly, Iga is a mountainous area surrounded by narrow mountains so this is a suitable are for ninjutsu (Ep) which uses mountain strategies and martial arts. On the narrow and steep mountain paths...

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The Another Ninjas Mecca "Kouga&quo...

The family crest ofRokkakuWhen talking about ninjas, Kouga (b) is an indispensable spot because almost all ninjas who flourished in the Warring States period in Japan were from Iga or Kouga. Firstly, I am going to introduce the location of Kouga. At present, Kouga is on the southern mountainous area in Shiga Prefecture (ꌧ), and next to Iga (ɉ). So, how did Kouga-ninjas settle down in this place? Legend has it that at the Rebellion of " Tairano, Masakado "(939`940), a military commander named...

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Ninja's various Schools

As described so far, the main schools for Japanese ninjas were the (E) Iga (ɉ) and Kouga (b) schools. The era when ninjas flourished the most in Japan was the middle ages and the Warring States period. Even after the Edo-period started in Japan, many ninja schools started. Many ninjas came from the ruined Iga and Kouga schools but how about the others. Ifd like to introduce some ninja schools that existed in the contemporary age during the heyday of Iga and Kouga.

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The Rule of Ninja

As described many times, the missions which ninjas had to accomplish were the crimes in a peaceful society. For that reason, being a ninja demanded a strong sense of self-control.In Japanese Kanji (), the characters of " ninja " are written in this way " E " . " E "means " endure " and " " is " man ". In short, ninja means someone who can endure a lot. Moreover, the kanji " E " can be separated into these two kanjis. They are " n " and " S " . The meaning of " n "is " edge ", similarly " S ...

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How Ninja lives a life everyday

As already described, the society of ninjas was stern for each ninja. Iga was particularly strict tying individual ninjas up with strict rules and hierarchical relationships. If one searched for a similar society to Iga in world history, it would have to be the likes of the Spartans in ancient Greek that was comparable. In societies such as these, the people within lived quite rigid lives and their value was in the contribution they made to the group as a whole, children were given a rigid educa...

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Kunoichi - The Female Ninja

Female Ninjas in fictionsThe image of a female ninjaWe often find female Ninjas in period dramas, comics, animes, movies, and games, who are very lively and sexy. In fictions, they have a excellent motor nerve and fighting ability, which are never inferior to those of male Ninjas. Well, how are the real appearance of female Ninjas in the history ? In the first place, did they really exist ? And if so, were they as strong as male Ninjas ? We are going to inspect them.The reality of female Ninja...

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Ninjas, in Edo period

As Tokugawa Ieyasu united the whole country of Japan and began the Edo-Shogunate (]˖{) in 1603, Japan changed from the age of rival barons to a peaceful feudal state. Edo (]) (the capital then) is present day Tokyo. The circumstance of ninjas varied drastically. Above all, demand for ninjas decreased so much because wars themselves vanished. Lords of each domain (Daimyo 喼) did not need to get information from others illegally any more. In short, ninjutsu (Ep) lost its reason to exist.So what ...

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