Musashi Shinobi Samurai Clan
The Musashhi 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 (inspector)" and "Onmitsu (undercover agent).
In1868 the clan became independent and formed an order of shinobi.
The clan has become a small think and do tank and started to offer services such as seminars and experiences to introduce the ninja and samurai cultures
of the Clan Shibata since 2006.
What we offer
Our ancestors made
efforts for peace-keeping in the country, so we feel
it our mission to work for the same cause. And we hope to help
build a bridge for
international friendship by introducing the
fundamental spirit which underlies in our shinobi culture.
defined the contemporary ninjas as members of a tight knit clan pursuing same goals. From the end of the 16th century, the Shogunate developed the system of Onmitsu (Tokugawa Ninja). Many
of our ancestors served in the system. Some were samurai generalists
with expertise in matters of stealth and combat. Some were
specialists, becoming adept at social skills, fine arts, interaction with nature,
etc. They believed in divisions of work, and each
had his or her expertise. All 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 personsonalities and protect
others, stand up for freedoms, and build a great community of friends.
ultimate goal is to reach and follow the path to
the " 空 (Ku)" or no-self, where no conflict is. The ethics
and fundamental principles for our value judgement is now termed Ninshido, the
Code of Ninshi (忍士道)．As we recognize our
ancestors as shinobi-samurai (i.e. ninshi 忍士).
Our Ryuha (school) 武蔵流
Because of its assimilation of various aspects of the other
martial art forms, we have decided to call the arts of our clan "Musashi-Shibata-ryu".
Our martial arts comprise one part of our comprehensive arts known
as Musashi-ryu Nimpo.
is a technique to get information and vanish from sight. There
are principles which govern the ninshi's thought
and behavior. Making use of any jutsu, the ninshi abides
by the Ninshido. The highest form of our ninjutsu is Kyomei
no jutsu. The ninshi observes a given situation, and intervenes
when absolutely necessary, without being noticed.
us be quiet as the forest, swift as the wind, strike like
a thunderbolt and inscrutable as the darkness (林風雷隠）Thank
member of the Iga ninjas who escorted Tokugawa Ieyasu
in the Incident of Shinkun Igagoe in 1582, then was invited to work for the Shogunate.
an emergency guard of the interior, the shogun's private quarter.
daughter married Shibata Yagoemon, the first generation
of the Shibatas in Edo (Musashi)
Our ancestor in the early part of Edo period
Sadataro Takenaka (1823-1877）
Visited Europe in 1862 as the head of the mission staff of the First Japanese Embassy to Europe in 1862. Then
in 1865, requested that France send a military mission for training in Western warfare,
on behalf of the shogunate. This led to the
first French military mission to Japan from 1867 to 1868, which Shibata organized.
Kohjiro Yoshiakira (1825-1865)
Sadataro's younger brother.
A deligate who negotiated with the all the emissaries
from Russia in Bakumatsu Period.
Sen ichi Tatshunojo (1888-1956)
Head of the clan who changed
the course of shinobi business, when he became Christian.