What do we think when we hear the word “ninja”? Probably the first thing that comes to our mind is a man dressed in black, with mask and hood, throwing shurikens jumping and climbing between the roofs and disappearing behind clouds of smoke.
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Experts say that this stereotype was spread mainly through heroic stories of the Meiji (1868-1912) and Taishō (1912-1926) period, and more recently through films and manga, in the so-called Shōwa era (1926-1989).
The very first descriptions of the figure of the ninja, however, date back much further in time. It is thought that one of the primary sources was the Basenshūkai, a book written in 1676, which contained the laws, tactics, formulas, and objects used for ninjutsu, the art of stealth.
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Ninjutsu was described differently: they had learned the use of the first firearms (let’s disprove the myth of the fixed purpose of the katana, the equipment of ninjutsu was much more varied). They were used as snipers on the battlefield to retrieve enemy information and launch surprise attacks, sometimes resorting to fires and murders.
At the beginning of the 15th century, their deeds became less heroic. Their main tasks included, for example, guarding the gates of Edo Castle in present-day Tokyo. It is speculated that the Hanzōmon gate is named after the famous ninja Hanzō Hattori.
They were also responsible for escorting the feudal lord on his visits to Edo, guarding the castle, and securing the family records in case of fire or other disasters, including natural ones.
Later, in the Sengoku period (15th and 16th century), ninjas led the double life of warriors and farmers. When some government reforms of the time separated these two classes, the ninjas were relegated to simple farmers. It was then thanks to the Basenshūkai that this figure was emphasized, succeeding in striking the popular imagination.
We must, therefore, be careful to distinguish the ninja from the very famous warriors and soldiers who used spy methods in the bloody battles of the Japanese Middle Ages. The myth of the ninja deserves the right attention nevertheless for its meaning and the success that it has received and continues to receive in Japan and especially abroad.