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Friday, March 17, 2006
Ninja (??) were said to be agents of espionage and assassination in feudal Japan in legend and popular fiction. Some modern practitioners of budo ninjutsu argue that ninja were used primarily as spies, not assassins; and this appears to be borne out by some historical records. It is popularly believed that the ancient ninja were peasants, forbidden under law from studying the samurai swordplay techniques because of feudal Japan's caste structure; but more likely they originated from a variety of castes.
Ninja are said to have made use of weapons that could be easily concealed or disguised as common tools. Weapons commonly attributed to them included shuriken and bo. In popular folklore, ninja also used special short swords called ninja-ken (or ninja-to see below for explanation). Ninja-ken are smaller than katana but larger than wakizashi. The ninja-to was more of a utilitarian tool than a weapon. Another version of the ninja sword was the shikoro ken (saw sword). The shikoro ken was said to be used to gain entry into fortresses. The shikoro ken supposedly could also be used to cut (or saw) through opponents.
Thursday, March 16, 2006
When I was a kid on Saturday mornings I would watch cartoons all morning long, when they went off I would look for a monster movie to watch, if I couldn't find a monster movie then I would look for a kung fu flick. Perhaps nothing reminds me more of those old cheesey kung fu flicks than the old sword on sword sound effect they used, that ka-ching sound still makes me smile.
Wednesday, March 15, 2006
I sometimes get requests to see pictures of my studio. I imagine people have the idea they need a lot of space to draw for a living. My drawing table actually shares space with our washer and dryer in our laundry room. I guess I never totally learned the lesson to keep my room clean as you can tell from the toys, comics, and art supplies strewed about.