Ninja Tools – Gun Powder and Kaginawa

(following excerpts taken from page 55 and 57 of “Real Ninja”)

A gunpowder-like material had already been developed by 1274, when Mongolia attacked Northern Kyushu during the Kamakura shogunate period; the gunpowder-like material had been incorporated into primitive bombs. The ninja used this powder for making signals, bombs, smoke, handguns, mortars, sounds, arson arrows, and mines. Ninja were characteristically spies—not fighters and were surreptitious, always surprising unsuspecting people. Almost all of the attack weapons were for ninja advantage—they were not designed to give their opponent a fair chance.

Kaginawa (hook and rope)
Kaginawa illustration by Hirohisa Oda

Kaginawa – The hook and rope is used for climbing up and down, tying up people, or for locking a sliding door. The strings of the Japanese harp, the “Koto” were often used to make the rope because they were so strong.

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One Response to “Ninja Tools – Kaginawa and Gun Powder”

  • i have always been a fan of figthing and i was thinking that i can become a ninja. i am an african american female and is 12 years old . i wanted to start figthing when i was about 6 .but things never went rigth in my life so i never attended any kind of sports .and i know im athletic because i am always up for any challeng .and my mom and dad played sports and i know im not worthless i mean i can sing ,dance,play basketball, football a little bit,and figth.but i like to go under covre to so i thougth becoming a ninja was a good idea.and i kind of fit in at school but i dont feel exectly like i belong there.
    thank you for reading this letter if you did ,please responed back.


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