Are they “Samurai” or “Ninja” ?
They are “Ninja”.
Samurai is a combat specialist. (especially hand-to-hand combat)
They use Japanese swords, spears, bows and arrows.
They had participated wars as warriors in the old era.
On the other hands, Ninja is a spy.
They are not a combat specialist.
They may have fighting skills, but they also have expertise in information tactics, sabotage and assassination.
They may be professional experts in disguise, acting, pharmacy, martial arts etc.
The picture above are Ninja because…
– they wear black clothes to take covert action
– they hide their faces to hide personalities
– they wear special-soled socks to sneak
Ninja had(have?) been active behind the scenes.
Ninja have never disclosed their identities.
Therefore, some famous historic person are assumed to be a Ninja… might be a myth;)
We call our traditional architectural hardware “Ninja Kanagu”
because it may not play leading role in architecture,
but they add spice quietly to sharpen architectural design.
(“Kanagu” means hardware)
At last, I also add an image of “Samurai”.
They are apparently different as you see, aren’t they.
Have a nice day!
Author - Hiro
Lived in Kyoto in school days, I was impressed by profundity of history and tradition of the city. Had a job to join the three major festivals of Kyoto: Aoi, Jidai and Gion festivals. Love Kyoto and Japanese culture.
Manager of OrientalSouls.com, selling items of Japanese culture, tradition and craftsmanship. I'll introduce interesting information about Japan!