2010年10月03日

'Hanzo-mon' gate,standing at the westernmost part of the former Edo Castle, was named after 'Hattori Hanzo' who was a great leader of ninjas in charge of the castle security.

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'Hanzo-mon' in the picture above was a gate to lead into the part of castle ground where the mansions of the retired shogun and successor untill the 19th century. Outside the gate, hundreds of ninjas commanded by 'Hattori family' resided to guard the castle. 'Koshu-gaido' highway in the picture below was laid out from this gate to Kofu, Yamanashi Prefecture, that was designed as a refuge, providing against an emergency of the Tokugawa family. In particular, as long as 4 kilometers from the gate to Shinjuku, there stood many houses of direct retainer of the shogun to strengthen the guarding. Today, this gate is used for a service entrance of Imperial Family and is guarded by police officers.

Licensed tour guide/travel assistant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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posted by masahisa at 17:32 | "Ninja" | このブログの読者になる | 更新情報をチェックする

2010年05月05日

One hundred Ninjas used to be stationed at this guardhouse, called Hyakunin-bansho, of Edo-castle in night and day shifts.

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Alongside the roads to the main buildings of Edo-castle where the successive Tokugawa shoguns and their family members lived in, there stood many guardhouses. This is the largest one in which one hundred security guards of the Ninjyas equipped with the firearms stationed themselves. They enjoyed the fullest confidence of the Tokugawa family members because of their long and faithful services to the virtual ruler of the country. Every daimyo feudal lord who went to see the Tokugawa shogun had to get off the horse or kago-palanquin beyond this long and narrow guardhouse with a length of 50 meters.

Licensed tour guide/travel assistant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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posted by masahisa at 09:45 | "Ninja" | このブログの読者になる | 更新情報をチェックする

2009年12月27日

What is a "Ninja" ?

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"Ninja" agents are specialists in espionage or assassination for their employers such as feudal lords. They appeared in accordance with the rise of Samurai warriors in the 13th century and reached the summit in the Edo era between the 17th and the 19th century. Originally, they worked covertly but they turned to be famous because Tokugawa Shoguns, the generalissimos of the days, made use of them as secret agents against powerful feudal lords, polltakers and internal security units. "Hanzo-mon", one of the major gates of the Edo castle, was named after " Hattori Hanzo", the greatest leader of Ninjas,
from which gate each Shogun intended to escape protected by many Ninjas in case of emergency.

Licensed tour guide/travel assistant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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