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(AFP)   Japan's last Ninja? Not according to basements all over the planet he's not   (afp.com) divider line 19
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2012-08-19 01:24:15 PM
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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 03:51:38 PM
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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 03:45:54 PM
2 votes:

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 03:37:40 PM
2 votes:
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 03:32:10 PM
2 votes:

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 07:16:35 PM
1 votes:
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2012-08-19 07:00:59 PM
1 votes:

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

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


Fools! That is not ninjitsu, but Sinangu!


Sinanju is the Sun Source, from which all other martial arts are but a single pale light.


The ninja dresses in black, he hides his face, and scurries in the darkness, like a cockroach, because he fears the Sun Souce that is Sinanju!
2012-08-19 05:41:59 PM
1 votes:
guess that means next year's parade is cancelled
2012-08-19 05:12:01 PM
1 votes:

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 04:36:00 PM
1 votes:
Ninjutsu is but one ray of light, the source of which can not be extinguished.

i.imgur.com
2012-08-19 04:35:52 PM
1 votes:

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 03:54:14 PM
1 votes:
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 03:49:06 PM
1 votes:

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 03:39:00 PM
1 votes:
alkhemy:

Came for Hatsumi, leaving satisfied.
2012-08-19 03:38:12 PM
1 votes:

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 03:37:55 PM
1 votes:

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 03:33:20 PM
1 votes:
Lat ninja that we know of....


//stealthy little buggers.
2012-08-19 03:31:06 PM
1 votes:

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 12:05:23 PM
1 votes:
There have been as many authentic "ninja" as there have been Batman...
 
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