The Musashi Clan consists of a number of families and people who have built close relations of trust with the Shibata Family of the Musashi Province.
The Shibata of Musashi became retainers of Tokugawa Ieyasu and served the Tokugawa Shogunate for 265 years as intelligence operatives called "Metsuke (inspectors)" and "Onmitsu (undercover agents)".
In 1868 the clan became independent and formed an order of shinobishu. The clan has become a small think tank and started to offer services such as seminars and experiences to introduce the ninja and samurai traditions of the Clan Shibata since 2007.
We have defined the contemporary ninjas as members of a tight-knit clan whose goals every member shares.
From the end of the 16th century, our clan developed the system of Onmitsu (Tokugawa Ninja). Some of our ancestors were samurai generalists with expertise in matters of stealth and combat. Some were specialists, becoming adept at social skills, magic, or interaction with nature. Some were artists, scholars, priests, wrestlers or weaponsmiths who worked to keep law and order and peace of the country.
All sought to maintain "balance" or peace of mind in life to survive, and trained themselves to heighten their awareness and perseverance.
Still today the ninjas, in striving to reach their goals, develop the individual persons and sensibility to survival. They protect others, stand up for freedoms, and build a great community of friends.
Our ultimate goal is to reach and follow the path to the "空 (Ku)" or no-self, where there is no conflict.
Our ancestors made efforts for peace-keeping in the country, so we feel it our mission to work for the same cause.
Thus we have begun our activities to build a bridge for international friendship by introducing the fundamental spirit of our shinobi culture and offer some programs to entertain friends from abroad.
We think it means a lot to both, our guests and ninjas to have an opportunity for cultural exchange.
Message from the 18th generation Shibata
Till about a decade ago, I didn't know very much about my grandfather. I just knew him as a retired officer from the Salvation Army. But after his 50th memorial, my father revealed to me very amazing histories about my grandfather and my onmitsu ancestors who worked for the Tokugawas.
I started a ninja tour to introduce our legacy to the general public in Japan, and to offer opportunities for international visitors to experience our shinobi culture and tradition.
The clan has worked under the leadership of the Shibata family.
The Shibatas fought in the battle of Shizugatake in 1583 under the feudal lord Katsuie Shibata, the most powerful relative of the time. But Katsuie was defeated and killed by Hideyoshi Toyotomi. So the Shibatas went to serve Ieyasu Tokugawa, the strongest rival of Hideyoshi. When Ieyasu moved to Yedo (the present day Tokyo) in 1590, they followed him from their homeland, Mikawa.
In 1603, Ieyasu became the first Shogun of the Tokugawa Clan. Then under the third generation shogun, Iemitsu, the Shibata clan leader (johnin: ninja master) was given the position of bugyo (magistrate), and his chuhnin (master ninjas) became yoriki. And the ninpo taijutsu became family martial arts of those who remained within the shogunate. It was very unique that they were the samurai and ninja clan leaders at the same time.
We can see that ninjas had a lot to do in the 19th century, under Shibata Sadataro Takenaka, the lord of Hyuga who was the commissioner of foreign affairs in the Tokugawa shogunate. His people worked to check foreign ships and diplomats.
In 1862, he and his team were despatched to Europe to negotiate for delaying the opening of some ports in the country, and to collect information about the western world. Then in 1867 he and his relative Nakagawa Tadamichi, the lord of Bicchu were sent to Paris to meet with Napoleon III. Their main objectives were to contract an agreement to build an iron foundry and to introduce western military training, here in Japan.
In 1867, Takenaka was appointed to be magistrate of Osaka and Kobe, and made efforts to open the port of Kobe, when the country was divided and the shogunate was losing its political power. He had 12 onmitsu (shinobi) working for him. In a sense, we owe his team that, Japan could avoid battles against those western countries, as Japan could keep promises with them to open up her ports.
The day after he exchanged the documents with the British, American, French, Italian and Prussian ambassadors, the shogunate government collapsed in 1868.
Takenaka resigned from his position and decided to retire, declining the offer from the Meiji government to work for them, but he agreed to give executive council as needed. He died at the age of 55, chosing to remain as a samurai warrior of the shogun.
For people who want to get a general view of ninpo-taijutstu, we can include shintai-sohsa training in which you learn to make better use of white muscles, etc, and this does not require martial art skills, so no jumping or rolling or striking is necessary.
No experience necessary.
For this experience, it is recommended to request bookings 14 days in advance.
Once you have received a booking confirmation, cancellations and rebooking are allowed up to 7 days prior to the experience.
Tell us what you are interested in and we can arrange for the type of experience you want. After a session with our ninjashu, we hope you will have a bit deeper insight into our legacies and traditions.
Most of the weapons we use were crafted by the 17th generation head of the clan,"Jutte master" Tetsubunsai Shibata.
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