Monday, May 9, 2011

Taro, The Greatest Ninja to Live in the Shadows!

Taro stood still for a moment not saying anything. He looked back and forth from Aimoto to the old master.

Master Tao Zing seemed as much in a hurry to hear Taro's answer as he was for anything else, while Aimoto clasping his knees and leaning forward seemed eager for Taro to agree to join the dojo.

Taro was in a sticky situation. It seemed as though he was getting deeper and deeper into trouble and started wishing to himself that he had said something to Master Komatsu, thinking that he might have been able to get some advice on how to get out of this mess. But it was done already, and there was little Taro could do now. If he explained things to his master now, it might seem that he was even less fit for taking on this mission.

"I would be honored to join your dojo," Taro said finally, respectfully bowing to the old master.

"Hm, what?" said the old master still too interested in his own beard to show too much interest in anything else. "Oh yes, wonderful. I will have Aimoto show you around the dojo and fill you in on the details."

Aimoto had a big grin on his face, shockingly contrasting his unusually stalky frame. "Come on," Aimoto said, leading Taro from his seat by the arm.

He showed Taro around the dojo, but there wasn't a whole lot to see. Other than the main area of the dojo, there were only a couple of small rooms. Aimoto found Taro a kung fu gi from one of the storage areas. It was just a pair of slacks and chinese style shirt.

"That's all there is to it," Aimoto said. "We meet here every evening to practice, except on weekends of course."

After the tour of the dojo, Aimoto left to do his studies. Taro, on the other hand, was feeling somewhat overwhelmed by the whole situation. He began to think about his mission. It didn't make any sense to him. There seemed to be nothing at all extraordinary about Aimoto except for his keen fighting abilities, and yet, Master Komatsu sent him to gather information on him.

Taro was also worried about what should happen if he failed the mission or even worse! What if his ninja identity were to become discovered? Not only would he bring shame to himself, but he would also endanger  his whole clan.

As these thoughts ran through his mind, he began to reason through them. He eventually came to the conclusion that he must complete his mission regardless of what the reason behind it is, but that he would complete it his way; he would be his own kind of ninja, and in his own unique style be the best ninja that ever was. One day, there would be stories past down to new generations about Taro, the Greatest Ninja to Live in the Shadows.


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Taro has a new sense of determination and is going to continue his mission in his own way. What does this mean for our young ninja? Will this lead to trouble? Will he truly be a ninja of legend? Tell me what you think in the comment section below and find out more in the next section of our story "Taro's Ninja Spy High School!"

1 comment:

  1. I would think joining the dojo would be the best way for him to gain information on Aimoto, would it not? I can't see him being able to fit in with the other kids (after losing their kickball, lol!) so the dojo seems like a good idea and he would be able to blend in better that way, as opposed to being "that weird kid" who eats lunch by himself.

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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.