Training At The Ninja Club Shinjuku Gym [Travel Experience]

September 14, 2016 Valerie L. Taylor

The Ninja Gym in Shinjuku is tucked away in the alleyways of Kabukicho. The quiet is an unexpected turn from the roaring excitement of Golden Gai and brilliance of Kabukicho. I found the location rather easily though, as there are several signs out from written in both English and Katakana about a kickboxing gym. On…

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…

The Hanayashiki Ninja Training Experience in Asakusa, Tokyo

June 30, 2016 Valerie L. Taylor

Ninjas are beings shrouded by smoke and mirrors. Most people know the basics about these elusive warriors from Japan: that they did assassinations, worked with samurai, and threw shuriken. Unfortunately, anime series like Naruto and the show Ninja Warrior haven’t done much to demystify what it means to train like a ninja would. That was…