Ninja Culture

Kunoichi and Spies from the Land of Izumo

In the 1603 CE, Izumo no Okuni, from the land of Izumo, is said to have created the art of Kabuki. But she may also have been a spy… Born around 1572, Izumo no Okuni (出雲阿国) was a young shrine maiden who at some point creatively began singing and performing new kinds of dances in a dry riverbed of the Kamo River in the capital of Kyoto. …

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