Sunday, July 4, 2010

Taro's Best Friend Michio

Taro picked up his pace and headed towards Michio’s tent. He wouldn’t have much time to visit with his friend before he would have to go see Master Komatsu.
  
He took a few more turns along the path of tents and arrived outside the one he recognized as Michio’s. He walked to the front end and crouched down.
 
“Michio, are you there?” he called quietly.
  
Within seconds, Taro saw the flap fly open, and standing there was his friend Michio. He was always a fine sight to see. He always stood very strong and never slouched in the slightest; a true warrior in every respect.
  
“I was wondering when I was gonna see you, Taro,” Michio said. “Come in.”
  
Taro followed him in.
  
“Master Komatsu has summoned me,” Taro explained. “I don’t know what for.”
  
“So what’s the problem?” Michio asked, not looking all too concerned.
  
“Well,” Taro continued. “It just seems strange. We just got done with a training match, and I had seen him less than ten minutes before I received the summoning. Whatever it was he wanted to talk with me must be very important. He didn’t say a word to me earlier.”
  
“That does seem strange,” Michio agreed.
  
“What do you think it could mean?” Taro asked. “Should I be worried?”
 
“You’re a fine ninja,” Michio said. He put his hand on Taro’s shoulder and smiled. “Whatever is going on, you can handle it.”
  
Taro was glad that Michio had so much faith in him. He was still a little nervous about his appointment with Master Komatsu, though. Many thoughts had been racing through his head, but not of them seemed all too appealing to him. He shrugged the thought of and decided to just be patient and see.
  
“I should get going,” he told Michio. “If I take too long, I might get punished for being late.”
  
“That’s a good idea,” Michio agreed. “Take care.”
  
Taro left the tent after saying goodbye to Michio and headed off back towards Master Komatsu’s tent. He would have to keep a quick pace if he didn’t want to be too late.
  
He suddenly realized that he forgot to tell Michio about his fight with Master Komatsu. He had made himself too worried about his meeting with his master and got distracted. It wasn’t good for a ninja to lose his focus, but this seemed really important. He decided he would have to tell Michio later.

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After seeing Michio, Taro is off to talk to his Master, but has he taken too much time seeing his friend? Will his master be angry that he took so long to get there? 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.