Shuriken

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Shuriken

Let me explain something about shuriken.

 

The word shuriken is written in three Chinese kanji characters.

The first character shu means a hand, and the second character ri means reverse, and the third character means a sword.

The first character and the second characters together mean a palm.

Shuriken literally means a sword hidden in the palm.

 

Many people think that ninja threw shuriken in a combat. But this is not actually true. Ninja did not always throw shuriken.

 

The most important mission of ninja is to collect information. Ninja stole into a house of an enemy to collect information.

Ninja threw shuriken only when they were found and cannot run away. He threw shuriken to frighten the pursuer to buy time. Even though it does not stick in the pursuer, it frightened him and gave ninja a chance to run away, or to fight against the pursuer.

 

There are two types of shuriken. Stick type shuriken and star type shuriken.

Star type shuriken are famous and are often used in the movies.

 

Star type shuriken contest is held annually in Iga City in which Iga school of ninjutsu originated.

 

A friend of mine won the first prize in the latest star type shuriken contest in Iga City.

He was awarded with a golden star type shuriken.

Shuriken

He is the grand master of Yokohama-Shikinomori martial arts dojo.

 

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12 Apr 2015

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