Learn About Ninjas

In order to write this story, I've had to do a lot of research on ninjas. It is important for an author to really know a lot about whatever he's writing about, but luckily for me, I had already done a good deal of reading about ninjas in the past before ever attempting this story just out of curiosity.

Throughout the story, I will occasionally take some time to share my knowledge of ninjas with you. I think that it's both beneficial to me because it forces me to examine my own understanding about ninjas, and it helps the reader to get a better understanding about ninjas as well.
  1. About the Ancient Art of Ninjutsu 
  2. Modern Ninja Ryu (Training Schools) 
  3. Ninja Weapons 

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.