Chapter 16 Sabotage

During the Sengoku period (1477 to 1600), the demand for ninja by warlords engaged in civil war was high – the ninja families of Iga and Koga were sought after for their abilities to “infiltrate fortified towns considered impenetrable, to commit selected assassinations, and to conduct guerilla warefare.”1 In the histories of ninja comes one story where ninja infiltrated the castle of Ujizane and set fire to structures inside the fortification; that alone qualified as sabotage, but what makes it notable was that the ninja set the fires in a way that the castle inhabitants “believes that traitors coming from their own garrison had attacked them.”1 When we examine the topic of sabotage as Zukin, we need to understand how malicious ...

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