-- Susan, every other Sunday
|Iga's mountains, as seen from the train.|
|A ninja train. (The other one is blue.)|
|A small selection of the shuriken on display at the Iga museum|
|Actual ninja firecrackers, made from bamboo and loaded with black powder.|
|Smoke bombs, wrapped in discarded paper. Recycling, ninja style.|
|All you need to walk on water. In theory, anyway....|
Many of the ninja's unusual tools don't make it into the movies, and thus escape the modern culture's notice--largely because the best devices didn't make for a flashy fight or an explosive getaway. The point wasn't just getting close enough to assassinate or spy on a high powered samurai target.
For ninjas...as for modern spies...the real trick was getting away alive, and preferably unnoticed.
And for that, they needed more than fancy throwing stars and pipe bombs. Fortunately, their arsenals included a wide variety of subtle weapons, too.