Sun 29 Jun 2008
On Saturday, under the guiding eye of Sarah (Momma) Maxwell several of us went on a sweet trip to Iga where we visited what was the preeminent Ninja house of Japan. It should be noted that Lindsay Gibbons was going to come with us, but in a fit of narcolepsy she fell asleep in an elevator and was unable to join us. After Sarah figured out what bus we needed to be on we were off. The bus turned out to be empty, so we had a roomy private bus ride to Iga. Once we got there we headed for the ninja house, where we were given a tour of all its secret features. I bravely got up and ninja’d my way inside of a secret revolving door, while other features we were shown included hidden ladders, swords stored under floor panels, secret viewing rooms, and escape tunnels. After the tour of the house we were getting our learn on by examining the accompanying ninja museum when a man came in to inform us that the live show would be starting. At the show, the woman who did the introduction (not a ninja) was a women from Germany who spoke both fluent Japanese and English. She was kind enough to come sit with us, and translated everything said during the show. The ninja performance was great, and I got some fun videos. Afterwards guests could pay 200 yen for a chance to throw ninja stars and if you hit the bulls-eye on the target you could win a shirken throwing badge. I landed my final throwing star on the outer rim of the bulls-eye, and was somewhat unjustly denied my prize. It turned out that the ninja’s were also masters of being cheap.