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DisinfoCast 47: Ninja Myths and Facts with Antony Cummins

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The Secret Traditions of the Shinobi and In Search of the Ninja author Antony Cummins is here to clear the air regarding the mysterious assassins known as the ninjas. Were there ninja clans? Did they actually use those masks and funny shoes? Are there any practitioners of real ninjutsu today? Learn all this and more on this episode of the DisinfoCast.

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Ninjas Headed For Extinction

NinjaaaSay it ain’t so! Everyone’s favorite assassin, the Japanese Ninja, is dying out per BBC News:

Japan’s era of shoguns and samurai is long over, but the country does have one, or maybe two, surviving ninjas. Experts in the dark arts of espionage and silent assassination, ninjas passed skills from father to son – but today’s say they will be the last.

Japan’s ninjas were all about mystery. Hired by noble samurai warriors to spy, sabotage and kill, their dark outfits usually covered everything but their eyes, leaving them virtually invisible in shadow – until they struck.

Using weapons such as shuriken, a sharpened star-shaped projectile, and the fukiya blowpipe, they were silent but deadly.

Ninjas were also famed swordsmen. They used their weapons not just to kill but to help them climb stone walls, to sneak into a castle or observe their enemies.

Most of their missions were secret so there are very few official documents detailing their activities.

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