Check out this impressively thorough archive of martial arts magazine covers and topics going back 50 years: Vintage Martial Arts Magazines When the titles and decades are laid out like this, you can really see the trends and transitions of … Continued
Amazing statue, courtesy of a report at Travel Pod, outside a tourist spot in Nara.
Via Austrailia’s Daily Telegraph, absolutely awesome candids from a 2008 Iga ninja festival: Read more about these touristy parades and festivals here and here.
VN’s attracted a lot of fans worldwide, and I get all sorts of compliments on the site from very happy readers. Despite all that love, none of you seem especially concerned that I do NOT own an antique armored Japanese … Continued
Detail scan of an 1817 Hokusai manga. (Referenced on the surprisingly fair and well-rounded wikipedia entry on ninja.) The original page feature an array of practicing martial artists:
It takes 100 ninja to properly celebrate the 100th post on Vintage Ninja! Since going live in June, enthusiastic response from readers and thousands of visits from every continent on the globe have given me a real sense of connecting … Continued
Via Robert Grunzanki – cover from the 1988 ninjutsu book Shononki, possibly the only female cover from the 80’s craze books. That mission gear is pink or purple, as she’s actually a tour guide / theme park character from the … Continued
I highly recommend browsing the cover collections and article reprints hosted by Robert C. Gruzanski on a memorial site to his father, renowned knife thrower and author of Ninja Weapons: Chain and Shuriken, Charles Vincent Gruzanski. Charles Gruzanski trained with a who’s … Continued
(adapted from an article originally published on Ninja80.com) “Ninja” is a relatively modern word that has come to summarize a wide range of military practices, martial arts traditions and popular entertainment themes in one iconic black-hooded package. The black suit … Continued