Dr. Hirohisa Oda, Ph. D. Med.

Dr. Hirohisa Oda - AuthorThe Author’s quest for the true story behind the ninja

Hirohisa Oda grew up with a love for history and medicine. In contrast to most Japanese, he did not spend his early years sitting in the classroom—instead he spent class time in the principal’s office reading books. The explanation was that he had asked too many questions which distracted the instructors from their established lecture plans. Freed of classroom constraints, he was able to read extensively on a variety of subjects, especially history, science and medicine. He was interested in how everything worked, including magic tricks, chemistry, medicine, and military history. It is only natural that he would have been fascinated in the real story of the ninja. For years he has researched and visited places associated with ninja history, such as Iga Castle and the ninja houses. Dr. Oda is also known for his expertise and contributions to many military magazine articles specializing toxicology, military history/tactics, and weaponry.

Hirohisa grew up in Sakai, a very old historical city, known for its advanced technology. During the Medievil Ages, Sakai was the largest manufacturer of matchlock guns in the World. Sakai also has a long history of manufacturing steel products, such as knives, swords, and various tools. Even today, people from all over the world order cooking knives, and various tools from Sakai. Raised up in a household that prescribed Western and Oriental herbs, he learned about medicine first hand from a very young age. In fact, the pharmacy was, and still is the storefront of the Oda family.

While attending the Osaka Pharmaceutical College from 1964-1970, he worked in the College Chemical Synthesis Laboratory; thus, he was finally able to put his questioning mind to work where it would be appreciated. After he obtained his Pharmacy License in 1970, he worked in the Family Pharmacy. In 1972, he pursued an interest in Oriental medicine by attending the Kansai College of Acupuncture. Apparently, the condition of enrollment was that he not ask any questions—however, he could read whatever he liked during lectures. It was needless to say, a mutually beneficial arrangement. In 1975, he obtained licenses in acupuncture, moxibustion, and massage. He then went into private practice doing acupuncture.

In 1980, Hirohisa joined the Tottori University School of Medicine, Department of Anesthesiology and Physiology, and earned his Ph.D. in Medicine in 1990. He earned an international reputation for his work in neurosensory physiology applied to the field of pain. From 1987— 1990, he taught lecture and clinical courses at Kansai College of Acupuncture. From 1992-2002, Hirohisa served as President and Dean of Research at the Meiji College of Oriental Medicine, Berkeley, California. He retired from Meiji College in August, 2002, and is now devoting his time to writing and photography.

Hirohisa Oda grew up with a love for history and medicine. He grew up in Sakai, a very old historical city, known for its production of knives, swords, and matchlocks. For years he has researched and visited places associated with ninja history, such as Iga Castle and the ninja houses. He is an expert in toxicology, military history, and weaponry. Dr. Oda is was also a contributor to many magazines dealing in military weaponry, history, and tactics.

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"The student of ninjutsu should have an understanding of the history of the ninja, and that is just what one gets with "Real Ninja". I recommend this book for any serious student of ninjutsu." – M. Chesbro (Rainier, Washington)

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