Speaking of Ninja, Sarutobi Sauke comes to mind. A Bushi who lost in war protected his master, ran away, hid, lived vowing his master’s family’s re- vival, and trained in martial arts. That is the origin of Ninja.
Ieyasu Tokugawa was patient, made the warring society calm and ruled over the whole country. I don’t call him Ninja, but he was the most talented person with Ninjutsu skill.
We have Confucianism which came to Japan and Bushido was born, in which values the order of the society. Although running away from your enemy showing your back was regarded as cow- ardice and shameful, the bushi in the medieval time who valued honor and dignity also ran away without hesitation when they faced danger. We only have one life.
He has many students from western countries, and you can hear English in the dojo. Japanese who live in the safest and the most peaceful country in the world think that they are strange. They maybe also think that Japanese are strange. People with different cultures gather in the dojo from all over the world. They accept the differ- ences of each other through training. Martial art is peaceful, therefore, it is maybe popular over- seas. Martial art existed all over the world. The Industrial revolution occurred in the 18th century in Europe. Weapons of tremendous destructive power were invented and the era of swordsman- ship ended.
In Japan also guns were brought to Tanegashima Island and they were spread in a blink. The con- ventional strategy and technique of fighting changed, but the peaceful period of 260 years has slowly passed by the policy of seclusion and many martial arts were systematized based on a defi- nite theory in this period.
It takes lots of time even to train for one martial art. Bujinkan has nine schools and three of them are Ninjutsu. I won’t be able to reach the wisdom which former teachers piled up even if I spend whole my life. There is no end. As I was taught, I’m training and teaching without exposing my own thought.
Nagano Masako: „Live out your life and love peace”, Shima no Shimbun, July 2013