Thread: Another 'Last Ninja' from Japan
8/19/2012 4:23pm, #1
Another 'Last Ninja' from Japan
Oh when oh when will it end?
Japan's 'last ninja' reveals his training secrets
A 63-YEAR-old former engineer may not fit the typical image of a dark-clad assassin with deadly weapons who can disappear into a cloud of smoke. But Jinichi Kawakami is reputedly Japan's last ninja.
As the 21st head of the Ban clan, a line of ninjas that can trace its history back some 500 years, Kawakami is considered by some to be the last living guardian of Japan's secret spies.
"I think I'm called (the last ninja) as there is probably no other person who learned all the skills that were directly" handed down from ninja masters over the last five centuries, he said.
"Ninjas proper no longer exist," he said as he demonstrated the tools and techniques used in espionage and sabotage by men fighting for their samurai lords in the feudal Japan of yesteryear.Dum spiro, spero.
Tada gan iarracht.
8/19/2012 5:44pm, #2
8/19/2012 10:17pm, #3"I think I'm called (the last ninja) as there is probably no other person who learned all the skills that were directly" handed down from ninja masters over the last five centuries, he said.
"Ninjas proper no longer exist"
Mr Kawakami first encountered the secretive world of ninjas at the age of just six, but has only vague memories of first meeting his master, Masazo Ishida, a man who dressed as a Buddhist monk.
"I kept practising without knowing what I was actually doing. It was much later that I realised I was practising ninjutsu."
"For concentration, I looked at the wick of a candle until I got the feeling that I was actually inside it. I also practised hearing the sound of a needle dropping on the floor," he said.
Just before he turned 19, he inherited the master's title, along with secret scrolls and special tools.
There will be no 22nd head of the Ban clan because Mr Kawakami has decided not to take on any more apprentices.
"Ninjas just don't fit in the modern day,"
How do these people just pop up on the radar and start proclaiming themselves Ninja Masters; perhaps he recently get released from a mental institution??
8/19/2012 10:39pm, #4
Well, regarding the buddhist monk thing, it still makes more sense than dressing as a Kabuki stage hand like all the other ninjas do.The fool thinks himself immortal,
If he hold back from battle;
But old age will grant him no truce,
Even if spears spare him.
8/19/2012 10:47pm, #5
If Ludlum's character, Jason Bourne were a real person, he would be a Ninja. The soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines trained as special operations are as close as we come to Ninja, but these 'Masters' are coming out of the woodwork.
If a young man wants to be a Ninja, he should join the military and try to qualify for SOC.
8/19/2012 11:04pm, #6
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A nija equalls badassery without real sacrifice which is why they appeal to the poser.
Yes Spec operations soldiers could be considered modern day ninjas but with a 75 to 90 percent attrition rate what's a poser gonna do?
8/19/2012 11:12pm, #7
8/20/2012 9:57am, #8
I'll give the guy some credit. He acknowledges, but doesn't accept the "last ninja" title, and rejects most of the bujshit we've come to expect from ninjers. He basically says there are no ninjas left, haven't been for recorded memory, and he learned dribs and drabs about stealth, avoidance, poisoning and exploding. Sounds about right. Mostly.
8/20/2012 4:09pm, #9