Chapter 2 The Modern Ninja

It is sad to say, but the modern vision of a ninja conjured up in most people's minds is what has been paraded across the big screen by Hollywood in their oft-failed attempts to portray their interpretation of historic Japanese culture and war. If the modern vision of a ninja is not an image of a person garbed in all-black pajamas swinging from tree to tree or walking on the air, it is that of some self-proclaimed ninja caught on camera by news agencies doing foolish things, such as trying to bring a sword to a gun fight, or impaling himself on a metal fence. Either way, the reality of what the historical ninja actually was has been almost obliterated.

There are some who have continued to carry the traditions of ...

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