|The device of awesome-making|
|My group working hard for perfection|
When we were finished we were allowed to wander around the museum exhibit and the gift shop a little before we left for lunch. The name of the place we stopped, I do not remember, but I can say that I had the best bowl of udon of my life. I had never truly thought that udon was that great in the U.S. to begin with, but now that I have had it in Japan...nothing will ever compare. It's like having girl scout cookies then trying to eat a knock off brand. It may taste good, but it is not the same!
|Kunoichi Guide (She's so cuuute!)|
|Showing a hidden door to a hiding place|
|Balancing a cushion while twirling the umbrella|
Following the tour, we were lead through an underground passageway filled with displayed weapons and information before finally arriving at the performance area. There, we were shown the many uses of various things that might not otherwise have been thought as a weapon. For instance, a rope attached to the end of a sword. They also used a straight blade which was more ideal for stabbing, but also rather helping where it came to scaling walls. One would stab the sheathed weapon in the ground, grab the rope with their teeth, use the hilt as a step, then use momentum as their tool the rest of the way up the wall before finally pulling up the tethered blade.
|Demonstration using a rope in Ninjutsu|
The whole event was well worth it. I quite honestly did not think I would be learning so much about ninjas while in Japan. It had not crossed my mind once.