Ninja Culture

The Graves of the Toda family of Iga and Fujiwara Chikata

One of my major goals of the Hidden Lineage project is to locate the grave of Toda Shinryuken Masamitsu (Toda Hisajiro). This has been an enigma for the Bujinkan for decades. Hatsumi Soke told me that if I was able to find it, to let him know and then he would decide if he wants to make the location public or not. He has to take into …

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Historical Models of Sarutobi Sasuke

While the famous Tachikawa Bunko series of books are fictional, legends say that Sarutobi Sasuke, one of the Sanada Ten Braves, was modeled after a few different individuals that historically served the Sanada family, so let’s look at the story of Sarutobi in some detail. In Kakumakeikoku valley of Sanada-Cho in Ueda City, there is a scenic spot called “Sarutobi Sasuke’s Training Grounds”. Here, the fictional story …

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