A Museum of Subterfuge – the Ninja Museum of Igaryu in Mie

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The existence of the Ninja Museum of Igaryu is testament to mankind’s love of the subversive. Samurai warriors are the esteemed historic Japanese fighters, exuding bravery and honor. But when the job required less honorable methods it was time to call in the shinobi (the term ninja has more recently become popular since World War II). These ninja fighters were expert in sabotage, infiltration and stealth warfare. Most often the recruits for this dirty work came from the lower classes of Japanese society. One of the main places these ruffians of the 15th and 16th centuries were taught the espionage trade was in the province of Iga, secluded deep in the mountains. The isolation bred secrecy and there is little written historical documentation of the training of ninja warriors. This has led to many myths surrounding the prowess of these fighters since they departed the scene centuries ago. Honoring a Seldom-Revealed Past The collision between facts and myths is explored at the unique Ninja Museum of Igaryu, near the site of the traditional Iga training school. The museum was established in 1964 and is run by Jinichi Kawakami who claims to be the 21st head of the Koga Ban family and the only heir to the real ninjutsu tradition; ninjutsu being the Japanese word for the “art of stealth.” He will also be the last as Kawakami has no plans for a successor as a ninja grandmaster, claiming that there is no longer a place in the modern world for…
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A Museum of Subterfuge – the Ninja Museum of Igaryu in Mie
Original Source: www.JapanInfoSwap.com
A Museum of Subterfuge – the Ninja Museum of Igaryu in Mie

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