Facts about ninja and samurai throughout Japan’s history.

Bruce Lee Quiz – What do you know about his private letters?

November 5, 2016 Logen Lanka

How intimately do you know Bruce Lee? Try this 20-question Bruce Lee quiz to find out. This trivia quiz will reveal the correct answer immediately after you answer - together with some strange facts, old photos, videos and GIFs of Bruce Lee. Find out how you'd fare in this trivia quiz right now...   Remember to share your results! Quiz based…

Musashi Clan Ninja Experience in Japan – Edo Period Onmitsu

August 28, 2016 Valerie L. Taylor

When you look for it, Japan seems rife with “ninja experience” programs and attractions that merely belabour what it truly meant to be a ninja during the country’s warring eras. Those who have researched ninja and ninpo know that ninja are not the mystical beings media and the entertainment industry has made them out to…

Finding Hattori Hanzo’s Grave in Tokyo – Iga Ninja Legend

July 9, 2016 Valerie L. Taylor

Most people will know this name when you ask them about real life ninja. A name immortalized by history books, video games and movies. No doubt, you have heard of Hattori Hanzo (服部半蔵), master of the Iga ninja clan, at least once. However, much like the ninja legends, the name Hattori Hanzo is an inscrutable cloud…

52 Japanese Martial Arts Related to the Historical Ninja

July 7, 2016 Logen Lanka

Do you know which martial art today is related to the historical ninja? Find out what are the 52 martial arts in this article! We begin by explaining the conditions and deductions to qualify martial arts into this list. Then we sort martial arts into groups: martial arts with verified lineages and modern derivatives. Use the table of…

Ninja Exhibition backed by University Research and Science – Tokyo

May 30, 2016 Logen Lanka

Want to discover and experience the truth about the ninja, backed by actual academic research and science? Head down to the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (Miraikan) in Tokyo, Japan for the special exhibition: “The NINJA - who were they?”. What can you expect from Miraikan's Ninja Exhibit? For a limited time, between 2 July…

The Truth About Ninja Martial Arts – Antony Cummins

May 18, 2016 Logen Lanka

Antony Cummins is a historical ninjutsu researcher whose team has analysed existing sources about the shinobi and samurai. He has kindly answered my questions on ninja martial arts as a unique combat system, different from the samurai's. This is what he has to say. Antony Cummins's Views on a Unique Ninja Martial Art What do historical sources say about martial arts used by ninja?…

How did Modern Ninjutsu and Ninja Martial Art Schools Evolve? – Interview

May 16, 2016 Logen Lanka

Could a unique ninja martial art have evolved from regular samurai combat techniques, to make the shinobi more effective at their jobs? Is this what modern ninjutsu is? This is a speculative exploration on how regular samurai bujutsu may have evolved into a unique shinobi marital art. It features the perspectives of Eric Shahan (a dojo-cho in Jinenkan) and observations on Banke…

The Shocking Truth About Ninja Martial Arts (from historical documents)

May 10, 2016 Logen Lanka

What fighting techniques did the ninja train in? And, was there actually a ninja martial art?  Find out what the historical documents in Japan actually reveal, and explore the difference between samurai and ninja martial arts. The focus in part one involves investigating reliable sources that have stood up to independent scrutiny. What the difference? - Ninja…

Banke Shinobinoden Demonstrate Ninjutsu Techniques

April 15, 2016 Logen Lanka

Curious about the ninjutsu techniques taught at Banke Shinobinoden Ninjutsu school? COOL JAPAN visited their training grounds to find out. The techniques are compiled below, with the video of the entire show at the end. What is Banke Shinobinoden? Banke Shinobinoden is a ninjutsu school located at Kaizuten Shrine in Shiga prefecture, whose soke is Jinichi Kawakami. He is one of four people commonly thought…

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