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Iga castle in the Ninja city of IgaOne of the top historical sites in Japan is the Iga-Ueno Castle. Located in Iga, where many Ninjas lived and trained during the Edo Period, this castle was once owned by the powerful landlord and governing official (known as a Daimyo) Todo Takatora. Originally built as a “defense weapon” for the area, it was later converted to a governing office after 1602. These pictures posted here were all taken by Dr. Hirohisa Oda, author of the book “Real Ninja”.

Iga castle in the Ninja city of IgaIga castle in the Ninja city of IgaIga castle in the Ninja city of IgaIga castle in the Ninja city of IgaIga castle in the Ninja city of IgaIga castle in the Ninja city of Iga

Matsuo Bashoo was the most famous poet during the Edo Period in Japan. There is strong evidence that some historians believe he may have also been a Ninja (details can be found in Dr. Oda’s “Real Ninja” book).Monument for Matsuo Bashoo

Matsuo Bashoo Monument

The “Real Ninja” spends a few pages on Bashoo’s life and details why it is possible that Bashoo may have been a Ninja and hired by the Edo Shogunate. It was not uncommon for Ninja to use their undercover status as an artist or physician to access places easily without being questioned too much.

Matsuo Bashoo Gravesite - Was he a ninja?Matsuo Bashoo Gravesite

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The Nagatonokami Fujibayashi Clan was 1 of the 3 most famous ninja clans in Japan. This picture was taken by Dr. Hirohisa Oda, the author of “Real Ninja”, while he was doing his research on the history of Ninja’s and Ninjutsu.Nagatonokami Fujibayashi Clan Gravesite

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