CNN Exclusive "Ninja History 101"
Morning coffee, bagel...and ninjas on CNN? What a fine way to start a morning.
You Don’t Know Ninjas: 8 New Revelations About the Shadow Warrior
There are some really interesting items in this article, like this print from the 19th century (1853) showing a ninjer.
Ninjas are everywhere in our popular culture—they slice up mobsters in movies and fruits on your iPhone. We seem to think it makes sense to compare them to pirates
and then think of them fondly as adolescent mutant turtles living in a New York sewer with a kimono-clad rat.
But who are the ninja, really? That’s what John Man, a British travel writer and historian, set out to explore in his new book Ninja: 1,000 Years of the Shadow Warrior.
He spoke to TIME about the fighters behind the legend.
...or that a James Bond movie (according to the historian) really started the "ninja boom" in the West...
I'd love to see some bullies with more experience in Japanese martial history to see if they can poke holes in this TIME interview/CNN article...I don't know, it seems pretty well sourced.
The Bond movie You Only Live Twice really popularized the idea of ninja among people who are not interested in martial arts.
John Man, an expert on Asian history with REAL credentials as a professional historian, digging into the history of Ninjas??
And not a single mention of the Booj in nine pages????
This can only get better, and I think I have a new book to pick up.