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(AFP)   Japan's last Ninja? Not according to basements all over the planet he's not   (afp.com) divider line 90
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2012-08-19 12:05:23 PM  
There have been as many authentic "ninja" as there have been Batman...
 
2012-08-19 12:20:20 PM  
The only ninjas left are at the mall these days
 
2012-08-19 01:24:15 PM  
well, if you discount Masaaki Hatsumi, Grandmaster of the Bujinkan Ninjutsu Ryu, and declared by the Emperor of Japan to be a living national treasure. Dojos of the Bujinkan Ninjutsu school exist all over the world, and show no sign of fading away. I'd say the guy in the article is a little confused...
 
2012-08-19 01:34:08 PM  

www.ghastlycomic.com
I thought I was the last ninja.
 
2012-08-19 03:31:06 PM  

alkhemy: well, if you discount Masaaki Hatsumi, Grandmaster of the Bujinkan Ninjutsu Ryu, and declared by the Emperor of Japan to be a living national treasure. Dojos of the Bujinkan Ninjutsu school exist all over the world, and show no sign of fading away. I'd say the guy in the article is a little confused...


I'm betting you get to wear a uniform with piping on the pants, don't you? Or have you convinced your boss that a more tactical look is better for you when you patrol the foodcourt?
 
2012-08-19 03:31:33 PM  
www.afp.com

"Stripped of his Flying Guillotine, the ninja resorts to his back-up: the flying goatse."
 
2012-08-19 03:32:10 PM  

alkhemy: well, if you discount Masaaki Hatsumi, Grandmaster of the Bujinkan Ninjutsu Ryu, and declared by the Emperor of Japan to be a living national treasure. Dojos of the Bujinkan Ninjutsu school exist all over the world, and show no sign of fading away. I'd say the guy in the article is a little confused...


And if you believe that a "ninja" is even the slightest bit like what it shown in the movies, you'd be more than a little confused.
 
2012-08-19 03:33:20 PM  
Lat ninja that we know of....


//stealthy little buggers.
 
2012-08-19 03:36:12 PM  
For every ninja that you don't see, there are two more ninjas that you don't see.
 
2012-08-19 03:37:40 PM  
Real ninja were stolen from their family as youngsters and forced into a life of subjugation and training and then had their lives thrown away on the whims of their aristocracy. Most killed themselves after their mission to avoid capture. In feudal Japan, it was considered bad form to even acknowledge the existence of anything close to the concept of ninja as made it hard to be hypocritical about honor and such.
 
2012-08-19 03:37:55 PM  

alkhemy: well, if you discount Masaaki Hatsumi, Grandmaster of the Bujinkan Ninjutsu Ryu, and declared by the Emperor of Japan to be a living national treasure. Dojos of the Bujinkan Ninjutsu school exist all over the world, and show no sign of fading away. I'd say the guy in the article is a little confused...



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Oh, Egads. A Booj er in my Fark. DId we just discover Ashida Kim's Fark handle ?

I'm surprised there's any living ninjers left at all considering all the magical thinking that goes on.
 
2012-08-19 03:38:05 PM  
Replacement Jutsu!!
 
2012-08-19 03:38:12 PM  

alkhemy: well, if you discount Masaaki Hatsumi, Grandmaster of the Bujinkan Ninjutsu Ryu, and declared by the Emperor of Japan to be a living national treasure. Dojos of the Bujinkan Ninjutsu school exist all over the world, and show no sign of fading away. I'd say the guy in the article is a little confused...


That reminds me - is Stephen Hayes (sp?) still around? I thought I had heard that he passed away some time back.
 
2012-08-19 03:39:00 PM  
alkhemy:

Came for Hatsumi, leaving satisfied.
 
2012-08-19 03:40:59 PM  
Seagoing scalawag population low but at least not down to one.

Pirates win!
 
2012-08-19 03:41:51 PM  
I hope he don't go ninjin' nobody that don't need ninjin'
 
2012-08-19 03:42:30 PM  
i331.photobucket.com
 
2012-08-19 03:45:30 PM  
let's give the guy a four gun saluteCowabunga!
 
2012-08-19 03:45:54 PM  

LordZorch: There have been as many authentic "ninja" as there have been Batman...


Apparently he's a member of one of the clans that used to specialize in assassination during the feudal period, so aside from the usual shameless pandering to western media/tourists it actually sounds like he might be legit.

I care waaaaay too little to wade through actual history texts to confirm this though, since the techniques of feudal assassins in the 1700s/1800s are about as relevant and effective as the techniques of European crossbowmen in the 1400s. Actually, less, which is why Japan went all isolationist when they met the Europeans.
 
2012-08-19 03:47:46 PM  
Damn I wish I could be a Shogun Samurai
so I could swing a sword and make necks fly
I'd go to school and ninja-crawl through tha halls
n' then I'd jump out n' stab biatches in the balls
 
2012-08-19 03:49:06 PM  

alkhemy: well, if you discount Masaaki Hatsumi, Grandmaster of the Bujinkan Ninjutsu Ryu, and declared by the Emperor of Japan to be a living national treasure. Dojos of the Bujinkan Ninjutsu school exist all over the world, and show no sign of fading away. I'd say the guy in the article is a little confused...


You are confusing "Ninjutsu" (Ninpo) which is a martial arts form for "Ninja" (Shinobi) which is the person who uses Ninjutsu. The distinction should be very clear.

Link Ninja

Link Ninjutsu

Link Masaaki Hatsumi TEACHES Ninjutsu.

LinkJinichi Kawakami Is in fact a real Ninja.

/read the last link, REALLY good read.
 
2012-08-19 03:51:38 PM  

Jim_Callahan: LordZorch: There have been as many authentic "ninja" as there have been Batman...

Apparently he's a member of one of the clans that used to specialize in assassination during the feudal period, so aside from the usual shameless pandering to western media/tourists it actually sounds like he might be legit.

I care waaaaay too little to wade through actual history texts to confirm this though, since the techniques of feudal assassins in the 1700s/1800s are about as relevant and effective as the techniques of European crossbowmen in the 1400s. Actually, less, which is why Japan went all isolationist when they met the Europeans.


That, and all the christianity. An extremely zealous group whose beliefs discount that your emperor is a living god/descended from the Shinto gods converting large groups of citizens weren't exactly popular.
 
2012-08-19 03:54:11 PM  
www.badmovies.org
 
2012-08-19 03:54:14 PM  
Something tells me the yakuza have at least a few ninja, and keep a steady training regimen to develop more. Assassins are worthless for modern national warfare, but great for gang warfare.
 
2012-08-19 03:58:54 PM  
Uh oh, I hope this doesn't mean the world is about to be overrun with pirates.
 
2012-08-19 04:03:46 PM  

alkhemy: well, if you discount Masaaki Hatsumi, Grandmaster of the Bujinkan Ninjutsu Ryu, and declared by the Emperor of Japan to be a living national treasure. Dojos of the Bujinkan Ninjutsu school exist all over the world, and show no sign of fading away. I'd say the guy in the article is a little confused...


Yup. When I saw the headline my first thought was "What, did Hatsumi die when I wasn't paying attention?"
 
2012-08-19 04:09:03 PM  

Kumana Wanalaia: Uh oh, I hope this doesn't mean the world is about to be overrun with pirates.


Inverse Ninja Law will protect us.
 
2012-08-19 04:09:57 PM  
www.afp.com

Awesome :D.
 
2012-08-19 04:11:56 PM  
Enter the Ninja!?!!1?+
 
2012-08-19 04:12:53 PM  
He certainly learned the ninja skill of dyeing his hair.
 
2012-08-19 04:21:55 PM  
Well hell, everyone know that ninjas have Real Ultimate Power, but not everyone knows that anyone can be a ninja these days.
 
2012-08-19 04:26:01 PM  

Agent Smiths Laugh: Real Ultimate Power,


So full of win.
 
2012-08-19 04:28:03 PM  
A real Ninja in action



upload.wikimedia.org
 
2012-08-19 04:35:32 PM  

Ghastly: [www.ghastlycomic.com image 500x292]
I thought I was the last ninja.


Bring back the comic proper=(
 
2012-08-19 04:35:52 PM  

alkhemy: well, if you discount Masaaki Hatsumi, Grandmaster of the Bujinkan Ninjutsu Ryu, and declared by the Emperor of Japan to be a living national treasure. Dojos of the Bujinkan Ninjutsu school exist all over the world, and show no sign of fading away. I'd say the guy in the article is a little confused...


Son of Thunder: alkhemy: well, if you discount Masaaki Hatsumi, Grandmaster of the Bujinkan Ninjutsu Ryu, and declared by the Emperor of Japan to be a living national treasure. Dojos of the Bujinkan Ninjutsu school exist all over the world, and show no sign of fading away. I'd say the guy in the article is a little confused...

Yup. When I saw the headline my first thought was "What, did Hatsumi die when I wasn't paying attention?"


FabulousFreep: alkhemy: well, if you discount Masaaki Hatsumi, Grandmaster of the Bujinkan Ninjutsu Ryu, and declared by the Emperor of Japan to be a living national treasure. Dojos of the Bujinkan Ninjutsu school exist all over the world, and show no sign of fading away. I'd say the guy in the article is a little confused...

You are confusing "Ninjutsu" (Ninpo) which is a martial arts form for "Ninja" (Shinobi) which is the person who uses Ninjutsu. The distinction should be very clear.

Link Ninja

Link Ninjutsu

Link Masaaki Hatsumi TEACHES Ninjutsu.

LinkJinichi Kawakami Is in fact a real Ninja.

/read the last link, REALLY good read.


I am curious to the what the reply would be by the first two poster to the third poster here. Is the third guy correct or do you think he is just talking semantics.

Serious question and would like see more conversation on the topic.
 
2012-08-19 04:36:00 PM  
Ninjutsu is but one ray of light, the source of which can not be extinguished.

i.imgur.com
 
2012-08-19 04:48:30 PM  
Right. If a ninja tells you there are no more ninjas, you are supposed to believe them?
 
2012-08-19 04:56:59 PM  
You know when I was playing Ninja Gaiden 2 I always found baron spider (2nd lvel boss) to be extremely hard. The one time I did kill I went through the rest of the game pretty easily. I got to the final boss but by that time it was late at night and I wanted to sleep so I never actually finished the game. I'm ok with that but the last boss didn't look all that good to me. As I recall he looked like an invert triangle of darkness and he circled around the screen shooting fireballs or something. Anyway Baron Spider was harder than the other bosses. Funky Dynamite (level 6 boss I think) was my favorite boss just for his name.
 
2012-08-19 05:06:29 PM  

vodka: Ninjutsu is but one ray of light, the source of which can not be extinguished.

[i.imgur.com image 400x319]


Korean ninja...heh...that movie amuses me.
 
2012-08-19 05:12:01 PM  

Agent Smiths Laugh: vodka: Ninjutsu is but one ray of light, the source of which can not be extinguished.

[i.imgur.com image 400x319]

Korean ninja...heh...that movie amuses me.


On a related note, on youtube there is a user named chosoninja who has a lot of Japanese detractors. Some of the Japanese users are damn funny in going after that particular korean.
 
2012-08-19 05:34:47 PM  
i.eatliver.com

/have they found these guys yet?
 
2012-08-19 05:35:06 PM  
upload.wikimedia.org

You mean nobody mentioned this gaming classic?
Back when Activision wasn't a house of shame.
 
2012-08-19 05:36:10 PM  
Chillax, y'all. There's plenty of 'em left in the USA.

1.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-08-19 05:41:09 PM  
63 years old? Is that 29 in American years?
 
2012-08-19 05:41:59 PM  
guess that means next year's parade is cancelled
 
2012-08-19 05:46:41 PM  

Epoch_Zero: Jim_Callahan: LordZorch: There have been as many authentic "ninja" as there have been Batman...

Apparently he's a member of one of the clans that used to specialize in assassination during the feudal period, so aside from the usual shameless pandering to western media/tourists it actually sounds like he might be legit.

I care waaaaay too little to wade through actual history texts to confirm this though, since the techniques of feudal assassins in the 1700s/1800s are about as relevant and effective as the techniques of European crossbowmen in the 1400s. Actually, less, which is why Japan went all isolationist when they met the Europeans.

That, and all the christianity. An extremely zealous group whose beliefs discount that your emperor is a living god/descended from the Shinto gods converting large groups of citizens weren't exactly popular.


Oda Nobunaga actually encouraged the spread of Christianity during his time in power, since it decreased the wealth and influence of the Buddhist monasteries (the monks, like some of their counterparts in Europe, were loaded). Nobunaga himself never actually converted.

When Tokugawa Ieyasu took control, he slammed down on anything foreign. He'd gone through a lot of trouble to unite Japan, and didn't want outside influences throwing it out of whack, so he initiated a very brutal series of Christian persecutions.

The isolation came back to bite Japan in the ass later, but thanks in part to the unity established by Ieyasu, they adapted a lot faster than the other Asian countries.
 
2012-08-19 05:54:19 PM  
I wonder if he was one of the ninjas that kidnapped the president?

farm8.staticflickr.com
 
2012-08-19 06:02:40 PM  
He may be the last ninja. The last one I heard of died

robertlindsay.files.wordpress.com

Ninja down.
 
2012-08-19 06:12:27 PM  

dmars: alkhemy: well, if you discount Masaaki Hatsumi, Grandmaster of the Bujinkan Ninjutsu Ryu, and declared by the Emperor of Japan to be a living national treasure. Dojos of the Bujinkan Ninjutsu school exist all over the world, and show no sign of fading away. I'd say the guy in the article is a little confused...

Son of Thunder: alkhemy: well, if you discount Masaaki Hatsumi, Grandmaster of the Bujinkan Ninjutsu Ryu, and declared by the Emperor of Japan to be a living national treasure. Dojos of the Bujinkan Ninjutsu school exist all over the world, and show no sign of fading away. I'd say the guy in the article is a little confused...

Yup. When I saw the headline my first thought was "What, did Hatsumi die when I wasn't paying attention?"

FabulousFreep: alkhemy: well, if you discount Masaaki Hatsumi, Grandmaster of the Bujinkan Ninjutsu Ryu, and declared by the Emperor of Japan to be a living national treasure. Dojos of the Bujinkan Ninjutsu school exist all over the world, and show no sign of fading away. I'd say the guy in the article is a little confused...

You are confusing "Ninjutsu" (Ninpo) which is a martial arts form for "Ninja" (Shinobi) which is the person who uses Ninjutsu. The distinction should be very clear.

Link Ninja

Link Ninjutsu

Link Masaaki Hatsumi TEACHES Ninjutsu.

LinkJinichi Kawakami Is in fact a real Ninja.

/read the last link, REALLY good read.

I am curious to the what the reply would be by the first two poster to the third poster here. Is the third guy correct or do you think he is just talking semantics.

Serious question and would like see more conversation on the topic.


Semi-serious answer: Kawakami is the director of the museum that proclaimed him a real ninja. I'm just the slightest bit skeptical.

Serious answer (from someone who spent 7 years studying Bujinkan ninja-stuff): As I see it, anyone claiming to be a "real ninja" in the modern era is about the same as claiming to be a "real knight". People get genuinely knighted nowadays, but that doesn't make them sword-slinging armored warriors. People genuinely study medieval combat nowadays (e.g., the Toronto-based Academy of Medieval Martial Arts), but becoming an expert in Fiore Dei Liberi's 14th-century fighting system is hardly the same as being a "real knight". So mostly I don't worry about it.
 
2012-08-19 06:14:50 PM  
Might be Japan's last ninja, but Iran, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE have plenty of 'em.
 
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