Anshu Christa Jacobson – Ketsuin
HISTORICAL NINJUTSU – KETSUIN
Ninjas used to increse their concentration and skills before their important work, fights or battles. Originally Ketsuin was form the priests of the Singon religion (created by Kukai around 750) or Yamabushi. The method is to use 9 words (Rin) (Pyo) (Tou) (Sya) (Kai) (Jin) (Retsu) (Zai) (Zen) That is to say, first, speking (Rin) and moving the index finger of a right hand from right to left . secondly (Pyo) and moving the finger from top to down. And then doing the same deed. In doing Ketsuin, it is important toconsder the index finger as a sword.
Anshu Christa Jacobson – Gofu
HISTORICAL NINJUTSU – GOFU
In fact Ninjas were very religious. The reason was that Ninjas always faced the battle. It means that Ninjas were the border between death and life. So, Gofu were the very important charm. No.1Gofu is a protection from the diaster by the enemy. No.2 is to make good friends with the other or the couple, No.3 is not to be injured in battle, but no one put Ninjas know the difference among the three charms. The characters of Gofu were said to be written in blood to keep the person pure.
Anshu Christa Jacobson – Noroshizutsu
HISTORICAL NINJUTSU – NOROSHIZUTSU
In Japanese Noroshizutsu means wolf smoke pipe. Noroshi was used to send signals. Ninjas were good at getting and sending information. As a fuel for noroshi, Ninjas put dry wolf’s dung into the pipe. The reason why ninjas used wolf dung because it added more smoke and more power.
Anshu Christa Jacobson – Nekonome Dokei
HISTORICAL NINJUTSU – NEKONOME DOKEI
Ninjas were said to be a good observers of animals. Many ninjutsu were derived from imitating and/or watching various animals. In the old days people didn’t have watches, but Ninjas had the a substitute. They were cats’ eyes. Cats’ pupils change sharpness thruough out the times of the day. Ninjas compared the secret song remember the cats eye time: the cat’s pupil is round at Mutsu ( 5-7a.m.and 5-7 p.m.), egg’s shape at Istu Nana (7-9a.m. and 3-5p.m.), the shape of persimmon’s seed Yostu and Yatsu (9-11a.m. and 1-3p.m.), and the shape of needle at Kokonotsu (at noon)
Anshu Christa Jacobson – Shinobi Iroha
HISTORICAL NINJUTSU – SHINOBI IROHA
The Ninjas’ special code : Ninjas made the code difficult to decipher in oreder to prevent from breaking it. Shinobi-iroha was used by one school of 49 Iga Ninjas. The code consited of 49 letters, and two types of kanji. The left letters of kanji represent the 5 basical elements of Earth and 2 human represntations, they are wood, fire, earth, gold, water, man and body. Each of the right letters represent the colors, they are color, blue, yellow, red, white, black and purple