Day 11 - Iga - Japan 2019

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Day 11 - Iga and Ninjas
On Monday we went to Iga.

As everyone knows, Iga was the traditional home of the Ninja, an extraordinary hereditary sect dedicated to the arts of stealth, spying and assassination.
This is almost entirely incorrect. The people of Iga were farmers, like so many in Japan. Because their area was quite poor, many of them were also bandits and robbers. The skills they developed for this were also useful to surrounding Lords who hired them to steal secrets and do other dark deeds.

This made them unpopular so they incorporated all sorts of hidden features into their houses.
True, to some extent, but such features were also present in non-ninja houses.

They wore black, close fitting clothes and had a lot of specialised equipment.
Again, mostly false. Much of the time they would have looked just like any other peasant and, if seeking concealment at night, were likely to have worn dark blue, not black. Many of their weapons and equipment were modified from things that might be used by any farmer. Some are exaggerated or completely fanciful.
Ninja
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Ninja Museum
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After Iga we travelled to the Akame Valley. We had lunch at the Akame Kanko House where we met Ken, who runs it and the hotel we were to stay at.

After lunch we went onto the hotel and then Ken took some of us to the Tsushima Shrine, through the woods where ninja once trained and then showed us around his historic house.

Some of us then walked up the valley to some of the Akame 48 waterfalls. At the start of the path there is a Salamander Centre with a number of live Salamanders on show.

An edible ninja.
Edible ninja
Tsushima shrine
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Ken's house
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Some of the Akame 48 waterfalls
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Salmander Centre
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Text and photos copyright John Haines 2015-19.
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