Thursday, July 8, 2010

Inside the Master's Chamber

Taro ran down the long path of tents, recklessly abandoning the idea of keeping a low profile. He figured he should get to Master Komatsu as fast as possible or he might face some kind of punishment.
  
Whipping around another corner, he knew he was close. The area gradually seemed more and more familiar, as he had been there at least a hundred times before. Never-the-less, this time seemed much more serious for some reason. This time seemed so much more important. He couldn’t stand the anticipation. His mind raced so fast with answer-less questions, he could barely make sense of any of his thoughts. He knew the only resolve was to make it there.
  
Finally, he made it. His feet came to a screeching halt, kicking up a little dust beneath them. He stood before a large cabin, one of the only actual buildings in the hideout. This was the Master ninja barracks.

He collapsed his hands onto his knees for a moment to catch his breath. Surely, it would seem odd if he was breathing heavy. Within a few minutes, he was breathing normally again. He wiped the little bit of sweat of his brow, straightened his posture, and approached the cabin.
He knocked on the door and waited for an answer.

“Who is it?” a voice called from the other side.

“It is Taro Sasaki, apprentice of Master Komatsu.”

A few clanks of turning locks and the door opened. Master Hayashi was on the other side, towering over Taro like a tall tree. He stepped aside to welcome Taro in.

“Your master is waiting in the meditation room,” Master Hayashi told him. However, this was a pretty standard meeting place for the too. Taro had already made his way towards that direction. “Good luck,” he told Taro as he crept back to his own chamber.

Taro came to the meditation room and cautiously leaned close to the door. Not a sound. Master ninja had quite a presence of mind, and chances are that Master Komatsu already knew he was there. However, it would be improper for him to invite Taro in without him asking permission.

Taro diligently took a long gulp and raised his arm. He gave the door two quick knocks and waited for an answer.

“Come in,” came Master Komatsu’s voice, strong and deep. “I have been expecting you.”

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It's time to face the music. What important matters will the master have to discuss with our young ninja? Let me know what you think in the comment sections and find out on the next exciting chapter of Taro's Ninja Spy High school.

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What is a Ninja?

There is a lot of misconception about what a ninja is.

A ninja is a weapon. A ninja is a warrior.

First appearing in writing as early as 4th century according to some history, though it is hard to place the beginning of the ninja, and most scholars agree that they emerged around the 7th-10th century. According to most Asian historians, the ninja first developed in opposition to the elite samurai during the Heian Dynasty (794-1185).

By the 15th century, the role of the ninja was primarily hired mercenary or espionage. By this time, there was already boundless myths about ninjas, calling them demons and giving them mystical powers which were widely believed to be true, but in all reality, ninjas were very trained in silence and stealth and could easily hide or slip away quickly and unnoticed in a way that would lead others to believe they were magical.

Our story presupposes a modern Japanese society where ninjas have managed to survive and continue traditional methods of teaching and hired by clients and used as weapons and tools of espionage and mercenary. Taro is one such ninja, growing up in a civilization of ninjas long-thought to be extinct. But when Taro begins his first ninja mission, his whole world gets turned upside down.