What is it about ninjas that make them so awesome?
[Japanese : nin, to endure + ja, person (from Middle Chinese tiaʼ).]
Military History Companion: ninja
Ninja (otherwise shinobi no mono, men of secrecy) were the assassins, spies, and secret agents of Japan at the time of the samurai. Legend has greatly embellished accounts of their activities, which, together with popular movies and comic books, has created a myth of the ninja as an invincible and deadly secret warrior. Pictorial representations of them, which date from the early 19th century, have reinforced a visual image of them as superior warriors who dressed from head to foot in black, although this is likely to be no more than an artistic convention as there are no contemporary references to such costumes, and accounts of surprise attacks often mention the assailants dressing in such a way as to ...more