Ninja Culture

Hagunsei 破軍星 and the Gyokko Ryu

Since even before ancient times, mankind has found significance and meaning in the various star constellations of the night sky. Even considering them gods. This is called Astrolatry. Astrolatry is the worship of stars and other heavenly bodies as deities, or even as simple as the association of deities with heavenly bodies. Common examples of …

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Edo Period Ninjutsu – and the art of conjuring demons

There is a misconception that ninjutsu ceased to exist during the Edo Period. Some believe that after Oda Nobunaga’s decimation of the lands of Iga and Tokugawa’s pacification or subjugation of the rest of the nation, that the shinobi became unnecessary and quickly ceased to exist. The shinobi definitely did not cease to exist. Despite …

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Part 19 of the Yasuda Ryu Ninjutsu Densho

(From Soke’s book Ninpo Taizen) For parts 1 through 20 please see my previous blog posts in the translations section. Enjoy! 忍長は攻撃をなす時は、目標付近に我が動き。目標の動き。 When the shinobi commander attacks, we move near the target. (Observe the) Target’s movements. 地形等を見、準備の太め一ヵ所または数ヵ所を置く事。よいな。このために右の事に心を付ける事。 Looking at the terrain, etc., make plentiful preparations at one or more places (in the area). Understood? For …

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