South Florida on Wednesday will be visited by a true Japanese ninja.
Tomonosuke, a descendant of the ancient Iga province Ninja clan, will lead free demonstrations and lectures about the ninja spirit, powerful and authentic shurikens (ninja stars, ninjutsu demonstrations and more) in both Miami-Dade and Broward counties.
“When most people hear ‘ninja’, they immediately think of traditional Japanese culture and characters possessing superhuman ability, fighting with the enemy,” Tomonosuke wrote in an e-mail from Japan. “Today, some Japanese people know about the method of using spies to collect information and spreading false rumors in enemy territory to give priority to victory with wisdom, not military power.”
Tomonosuke learned the ninja art form at age 5, thanks to his father who trained his body and mind according to the Iga-style Ninjutsu.
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The Iga Ninja clan was a secret organization that practiced psychology, astrology, pharmacology and astronomy. The clan existed in the province of Mie Prefecture and carried missions using their special ninjutsu skills, infiltration, espionage and sneaking inside the enemy’s side. The ninjas were active from the 15th to 17th centuries.
Tomonosuke said attendees will learn the true definition of ninjas.
“You may be scared or feel bad about the ninja way; however, a lot of the things that people believe about ninjas probably aren’t true,” he said. “The truth of ninja is completely different than anything we imagine and even more fascinating than the fictional ninja characters people watched on TV or in the movies. I am going to speak about what is ninja and what kind of techniques and skills they have had with the demonstration.”
If you go
Tomonosuke will perform “Way of the Ninja” 10:45 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5, at Florida International University’s Herbert & Nicole Wertheim Performing Arts Center, 10910 SW 17 St., Miami.
An evening show will be presented 6:30 p.m. at the Abdo New River Room, Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale.
The events are free and sponsored by the Consulate General of Japan in Miami. For more information, visit https://hrld.us/2PBHnR9.