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The Ninja 忍者
« on: February 05, 2017, 10:24:26 pm »
A ninja 忍者 or shinobi was a covert agent or mercenary in feudal Japan. The functions of the ninja included espionage, sabotage, infiltration, assassination and guerrilla warfare. Their covert methods of waging irregular warfare were deemed "dishonorable" and "beneath" the samurai-caste, who observed strict rules about honor and combat. The shinobi proper, a specially trained group of spies and mercenaries, appeared in the 15th century during the Sengoku period, but antecedents may have existed in the 14th century and possibly in the 12th century (Heian or early Kamakura era).

In the unrest of the Sengoku period (15th - 17th centuries), mercenaries and spies for hire became active in the Iga Province and the adjacent area around the village of Kōga, and it is from the area's clans that much of our knowledge of the ninja is drawn. Following the unification of Japan under the Tokugawa shogunate (17th century), the ninja faded into obscurity. A number of shinobi manuals, often based on Chinese military philosophy, were written in the 17th and 18th centuries, most notably the Bansenshukai (1676).

By the time of the Meiji Restoration (1868), the tradition of the shinobi had become a topic of popular imagination and mystery in Japan. Ninja figured prominently in legend and folklore, where they were associated with legendary abilities such as invisibility, walking on water and control over the natural elements. As a consequence, their perception in popular culture is often based more on such legend and folklore than on the spies of the Sengoku period.
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Re: The Ninja 忍者
« Reply #1 on: October 18, 2018, 07:59:27 am »
Ninjutsu is great i have practised Bujinkan ninjutsu.
But i think that many of the ninjutsu and ninjitsu systems are not as real as we think.

Many research is done on the ninja some people state is is only a legend
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Re: The Ninja 忍者
« Reply #2 on: October 19, 2018, 02:47:21 am »
The big problem with the ninja arts is that most have been lost due to their secrecy. After modern weapons and laws took over and the ninja were outlawed their art also disappeared. There are some schools especially in Japan that try to restore these arts, some have the luck of still having some original texts.
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