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Introducing Koka Ryu Ninja!

This video, produced by "Shinobi no Sato Iga Koka Ninja Council" is titled "KOKA NINJA PR 4K HD- 甲賀流忍者PR."

Koka Shinobi no Sato is a popular spot designated as a Japanese heritage site.
You can visit the training grounds of the Koka school of ninja, the Karakuri house, a ninja meeting place and other sites where you can learn about the ways of the ninja!
If you're a fan of ninjas, check out this video!

The History and Name of Ninjas

Image of a ninja
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The ninja shown in the video is an entity that served the feudal lords of Japan from the Muromachi period (1336 to 1573 AD) to the Edo period (1603 to 1868 AD) through the use of ninjutsu.
Besides the name "ninja," they have also been called or are known as "Shinobi" (忍び), "Rappa" (乱破), "Suppa" (素破), "Sou" (草), "Dackou" (奪口), and "Kamari" (かまり).

Ninjas used tools such as shuriken, kama, and kunai, and mainly worked in espionage, sabotage, infiltration tactics, conspiracy, and assassination.
It is said that there were also female ninja called "kunoichi."

The Birthplace of Ninja and Their Styles

As introduced in the video, there are two schools of Japanese ninja- the Iga style and the Koka style.
The Koka school of ninja were active in the region of Koka in the province of Omi (present-day Shiga Prefecture).
The Iga school of ninja were active in the Iga province (today's Mie Prefecture).

There is a slight difference in the use of techniques between the Koka and Iga schools.
The physical prowess of the ninja was quite high, and the Iga school of ninja is said to have organized groups of a hundred men and used a variety of techniques to fight in the dark during conflicts such as the Tensho Iga War and the Tensho Iga Rebellion that occurred during the Warring States period (c. 1467-1615). It is said that they took a leap forward.
It is said that even today, in 2020, there are survivors of the ninja in Japan.

Summary of the Koka and Iga Ninja Village

At 0:24 in the video, you can enjoy sightseeing at the Ninja Village in Koka City, Shiga Prefecture, including things like visiting the Ninja Mansion and taking a Koka Ninja test.
There are other hands-on experiences in Japan where you can dress up in samurai and warrior costumes as well.
On top of that, there are comics, anime, and movies that feature ninja, so be sure to check them out if you're interested.
If you enjoy learning about Japanese history, or are just a fan of ninjas, be sure to take a look at the video!

【Official Website】Shinobi no Sato Iga/Koka
https://www.shinobinosato.com/en/index.html

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Sep. 17, 2020
Japan
坂崎 なお(Nao Sakazaki)
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