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Transcript of Ninjas
Are they real?
Yes, they are as real as they get. Ninjas were actual people, mostly farmers and peasants by day and awesome fighting spies by night!! Their unorthodox offense and maverick guerrilla warfare style made them a lethal force in feudal Japan. At one point, it was a common trend for local feudal lords to hire ninjas for assassinations and sabotage of other local kingdoms.To top it off, nobody knew where their loyalties were laid since if their target could pay more , they would easily go back and kill their employer.
Ninjas in popular culture
From the 14th century to 2013, ninjas have become more than just old japanese myth. Over the course of 700 years, the shinobi no mono (ninja) history has achieved multimedia stardom. From old japanese plays to blockbuster films and games, the myth of ninjas have garnered a dominant cult following all over the globe!! Starting now, you will see the cultural impact of ninjas in the 21st century.
In the East and the West, ninjas have appeared in more movies than the number of branches in a tree!! But movies about ninjas usually depict them as deadly assassins who are lightning fast and can summon animals with hand signs. Reality Check, that doesn't happen in real life. Well, I believe they do that stuff, but hey, what do I know! Anyway, here's a couple of examples of ninjas on the silver screen.....
This is Naruto. A Japanese animated series and one of the most watched cartoon in the world. The story centers around a knucklehead ninja who turns out to be the strongest shinobi in the world !
...and that's when he's angry
That's when he's happy...
And that's his best friend
Our opinion (mostly mine)
One word. AWESOME!! Yup, that's our opinion. Everything about ninjas are simply mesmerizing. Their lifestyle, training, weapons and basically everything is mind boggling. We love the fact that an ordinary person can turn into someone so much more! And they were a very big part of Japanese history, so that proves history can be fun and educational at the same time. I'll let you in on a little secret here. I'm a ninja too!! I jump from rooftops and walk on water everyday, until my mom yells at me for dozing off while studying!
Here's a couple more....
The Impact of Ninjas in Japanese History
You may think ninjas are just some fictional characters who throw knives stab people in the blink of an eye because they were paid to do so or just beacuse they can. But I can tell you right now that you are completely wrong on your comprehension of what a ninja is. Ninjas were actually a very important part of the Onin War in Japan during the 1467 - 1477. They were used as spies, scouts, surprise attackers and agitators. One of the ninja occupations I like best are the surprise attackers. These shinobi no mono infiltrate the enemy fortress days before the battle actually begins. Then when the battle starts, the troops can battle the enemies at the front of the fortress, while the ninjas inside the fortress can attack from inside. That would create sort of a sandwich with the enemies in the middle and the ninjas and their troops on each side. This technique would increase their chance of victory tremendously. Anyway, after that period of time, the war quickly spread to the provinces and soon the Onin War transformed into an enormous war which was named the Sengoku period. This war was so immense, it lasted for 1.5 centuries. Over these years, ninjas were in high demand. Ninja activity became more well known and so, ordinary peasants and farmers were being trained in the arts of the ninja (ninjutsu).
Men in Black?
Whenever anyone thinks about ninjas, they infer that every ninja wore black outfits. That's not neccesarily true. Ninjas did wear black outfits, but they also wore disguises. From Mountain Monks to Sarugaku dancers, all of the disguises ninjas used provided them with a cover while they spied on their targets. One of the most common and useful disguises were the Komuso, which were Zen Monks who played flutes along the streets. After all, who'd recognize someone who has a basket over their head?
This is basically what a ninja looked like
They wore a short-sleeved jacket
They also wore black
waraji (straw sandals)
It was essential for a ninja to have the lightest gear possible in order to use stealth. That meant they couldn't wear chain mail, like the samurai, because it was so heavy and it'd slow the ninjas down immensely. The best option was to wear lightweight armour. This article of clothing consisted of metal plates sewn into the cloth for protection. This would be worn under the black ninja outfit.
What They Wore
Essential Weapons and Gadgets
The Katana was the main weapon used by every ninja. They'd use it in a confrontation which would lead to a battle, or they would use it to stealth assassinate an enemy. It was also used as a defensive weapon.
These are called Kurorokagi
These were basic metal climbing devices
used by both hands and feet.
This is a tsubokiri (an iron
This was used to make
a small gap through
a wooden fence/wall.
This is a shikoro (thin saw). This device was used to cut a hole through the gap made by the tsubokiri.
Scratchers and Climbers
The shuriken as one of the most popular and one of the deadliest weapons used by ninjas. They are basically sharp throwing stars made out of metal/iron.
These are called water
These are hand claws
This is a foot claw
These tools were mainly used for climbing. They were also effective in battle, since they posed as useful melee weapons
These are called ukidaru
These were very unstable
floatation devices used by
ninjas. They'd put one
bucket/watr spider on each
foot and thn use oars to
paddle themselves across
the enemy castle's moat.
Over the walls they go
This is called a shinobi kumade. It is a
collapsible bamboo pole with a hook.
It was used to cling onto a tree branch
on the other side of the castle wall
to make climbing easier. It was also very easy to use and portable
Grab and kill
This is called a shinobi-gama.
It's known as a sickle and chain combination.
This is called a kunai knife. It is
one of the most popular tools used by the ninjas.
Ninjas also used a grappling hook in the same method
The end of the chain had a weight
attached to it.it would be flung at the enemy to slow him down briefly. Then the ninja would finish him off using the sickle.
When it was first made, ninjas used it
as a gouger that was used to make small holes through the plaster and stone castle walls for themselves to fit through. As it transformed through out the years, it turned into a swift, sharp throwing knife
Why this topic is important to have knowledge about
This topic is very relevant to education because ninjas were a huge part of Japan's history. In fact, Japan's capital was named Tokyo because of the assistance of ninja. You see, there was once a astute politician by the name of Tokugawa Ieyasu. He needed to get to safe land to commandeer more troops (he was also a daimyo (feudal lord)). He needed a body guard and a guide, so he hired a ninja named Hattori Hanzo. Despite a few enemy attacks, Hanzo got the politician to Edo safely. This was a very successful move. Since Edo wasn't taken over by the enemy, Edo is now known as Tokyo. So, without ninjas, Tokyo would have never existed.
Centuries ago, ninjas were legendary warriors. But in this era, ninjas are treated as fictional characters who do extremely inhumane, astounding stunts for other's amusement. In other words, right now, ninjas are nothing but fiction since no one needs to hire a hitman to assassinate their foes. However, ninjas arestars of movies, cartoons and fan-made videos, like this one, that depict how truly awesome they are!
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