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The Ninja - Spy and Assassin: Ninja's, often thought of as the world's first special forces, were prominent throughout Japanese warfare in the 15th, 16th, and 17th centuries. Centered mainly in the Iga and Koga province, ninjas trained under the supervision of the shonin...

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Ninja's, often thought
of as the world's first special forces, were prominent throughout
Japanese warfare in the 15th, 16th, and 17th centuries. Centered mainly
in the Iga and Koga province, ninjas trained under the supervision of
the shonin (village leader).In order to enter a home, a ninja
used foldable saws (to break down doors), handclaws (to climb walls),
flotation shoes (to walk across a moat), and disguises (usually as a
yamabushi monk or a zen monk). Contrary to popular opinion, ninjas did
not always dress in black.Once inside the home, the ninja used
many techniques to move and listen secretly. They used irogome (colored
rice) to leave messages for future ninjas or some other ally. To listen
in on a conversation, ninjas used a small tube that could be used to
listen through walls. Then, to retreat, the ninja used smoke "grenades"
and flash "grenades". As for the assassin aspect of ninjas,
their main weapon was a short sword with shuriken (throwing stars)
hidden in the hilt. Other weapons include makibashi (caltrops filled
with poison), a traditional bow, and a shinobi-gama (a sickle with a
chain attached). There were some female ninjas, although they were used less frequently.For more information, readMilitary History Magazine (March 2006): Intrigue (Ninjas) and http://www.taots.co.uk/content/view/31/27/




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