Feudal Japan Shinobi
Honor among thieves...
The Dishonorable Assassins
WHO WERE THE SHINOBI AND WHAT WAS THEIR ROLE?
That is the question that I will be attempting to answer.
But first, we need to understand that the ninjas in feudal Japan were covert agents or mercenaries, and they undertook tasks such as guerrilla warfare, infiltration, assassination, sabotage and espionage. This means that they were essentially Japans version of a medieval James Bond.
The Emergence of Shinobi
Roles of the Ninja
- Historian Hanawa Hokinoichi
The ninjas were hired mostly by daimyos for two main branches of specialty, espionage and sabotage.
Now, you may be thinking "Connor, what the hell? I thought ninjas were assassins?" and you would be right, although they didn't focus on that.
Espionage was the most popular role of the ninjas. Using disguises, the ninja learned information on enemy territory and building plans, also obtaining passwords while on their mission.
Arson however, was the primary form of sabotage practiced by the ninja, who targeted castles and camps.
Assassination is an iffy topic. This is because the deaths of famous historical figures have been said by the public to be the doing of ninjas, but the secretive nature of them make it difficult to prove.
The link below will take you to the wiki page that I copied. Just kidding. I didn't. I promise.
They actually used an insanely efficient style of fighting called ninjutso. It encompasses the guerrilla warfare and espionage tactics used by the shinobi. In modern times, ninjutsu is combined in practices of other fighting techniques.