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Experiencing Ninjutsu (Ninja’s techniques) at the ninja’s native place – Koka Ninjutsu Yashiki

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Violet Qianyun Huang (China)
Eji Lee (Korea)
Seong Won Hur (Korea)
Chisato Ishihara (Japan)
Ryo Hagiwara (Japan)
Kazuhiro Uchida (Japan)

Date
Nov 28, 2010

We went to a place called “Koka Ninjutsu Yashiki” (Koka’s ninjutsu’s hometown). Koka was the hometown of the eponym famous ninja clan. From now on we’ll take our distance from our everyday life and train to become a real ninja.
In japan, there were 2 great ninja clans. One of them was in Shiga’s prefecture. We decided to go there and experience their lifestyle and try understand their way of thinking.

  • Experiencing Ninjutsu (Ninja’s techniques) at the ninja’s native place – Koka Ninjutsu Yashiki

    The arrival at the Koka Ninjutsu Yasiki. However on first sight it really looked like normal traditional houses.

  • Experiencing Ninjutsu (Ninja’s techniques) at the ninja’s native place – Koka Ninjutsu Yashiki

    The Ninjutsu Yasiki is a touristic spot, so they know how to entertain the visitors.

  • Experiencing Ninjutsu (Ninja’s techniques) at the ninja’s native place – Koka Ninjutsu Yashiki

    This is how traditional Japanese housings look like. Japanese call them "Engawa".

  • Experiencing Ninjutsu (Ninja’s techniques) at the ninja’s native place – Koka Ninjutsu Yashiki

    Ninja's houses have these particular kind of stairs. As one could expect from a Ninjutsu Yasiki...

  • Experiencing Ninjutsu (Ninja’s techniques) at the ninja’s native place – Koka Ninjutsu Yashiki

    These are documents containing the Ninja's wisdom. However, even us Japanese cannot get what is written on them...

  • Experiencing Ninjutsu (Ninja’s techniques) at the ninja’s native place – Koka Ninjutsu Yashiki

    He is the one who told us everything about Ninjas. He explained us that there is a huge difference between the image we have of Ninjas and what they really were. The real Ninja doesn't kill. He just melts into the commoners so that he wouldn't be found so easily and gathers information.

  • Experiencing Ninjutsu (Ninja’s techniques) at the ninja’s native place – Koka Ninjutsu Yashiki

    Various kinds of Shuriken (throwing knifes).

  • Experiencing Ninjutsu (Ninja’s techniques) at the ninja’s native place – Koka Ninjutsu Yashiki

    Various kinds of Shuriken (throwing knifes).

  • Experiencing Ninjutsu (Ninja’s techniques) at the ninja’s native place – Koka Ninjutsu Yashiki

    Ninjas used these to make the enemy run away.

  • Experiencing Ninjutsu (Ninja’s techniques) at the ninja’s native place – Koka Ninjutsu Yashiki

    Ninjas used this tool to cross lakes or ponds. They were really amazing.

  • Experiencing Ninjutsu (Ninja’s techniques) at the ninja’s native place – Koka Ninjutsu Yashiki

    A secret door that only the owner of the house knew.

  • Experiencing Ninjutsu (Ninja’s techniques) at the ninja’s native place – Koka Ninjutsu Yashiki

    The machinery to open the gate.

  • Experiencing Ninjutsu (Ninja’s techniques) at the ninja’s native place – Koka Ninjutsu Yashiki

    And the gate opened.

  • Experiencing Ninjutsu (Ninja’s techniques) at the ninja’s native place – Koka Ninjutsu Yashiki

    There is an underground passage that only the owner knew about.

  • Experiencing Ninjutsu (Ninja’s techniques) at the ninja’s native place – Koka Ninjutsu Yashiki

    This is how it looks inside of it.

  • Experiencing Ninjutsu (Ninja’s techniques) at the ninja’s native place – Koka Ninjutsu Yashiki

    You can hide in one of these 2 hidden staircases.

  • Experiencing Ninjutsu (Ninja’s techniques) at the ninja’s native place – Koka Ninjutsu Yashiki

    The second floor was surprisingly wide.

  • Experiencing Ninjutsu (Ninja’s techniques) at the ninja’s native place – Koka Ninjutsu Yashiki

    We took a group picture. The building and the scenery were quite good. We will come back to have fun again.

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