History’s First Female Ninja Mochizuki Chiyome

Mochizuki Chiyome, also known as Lady Chiyome (c. 1540 – c. 1580) Mochizuki Moritoki was a samurai from Shinano Province and lord of Mochizuki castle. In the early 1550s, the daimyo Takeda Shingen conquered Shinano, expelled Murakami Yoshiharu and Ogasawara Nagatoki and brought the Mochizuki clan under his rule. Yoshiharu and Ogasawara turned to the daimyo Uesugi Kenshin for aid. […]

Ninja Weapons and Tools

Ninja weapons were drawn from a variety of sources. They used many of the standard weapons of the day, including staves, swords, knives, and chain weapons. However, as ninja were trained to travel incognito they also adapted many of the weapons that Okinawan peasants developed into weapons, so that they could travel armed but not […]

Pirates and Ninjas in the News

March 31, 2017: Pirate vs. ninja debate rages The Rocky Mountain News points its Spotlight at the debate. “Pirate or ninja? Don’t think about it, just answer the question. Pirate or ninja? That’s the beauty of one of the most colorful and passionate arguments that rages endlessly on the Internet these days: everyone has an opinion and […]