photo taken in Russia
Shibata Sadataro Takenaka,
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History of our Clan
The clan has worked under the leadership
of the Shibata family.
The Shibatas were the retainers of Ieyasu Tokugawa of Mikawa. When Ieyasu
moved to Yedo (the present day Tokyo) in 1590, they followed
him. Under the third generation shogun, Iemitsu, Johnin (clan leaders)
started to assume the positions of bugyo (magistrate), and many
chuhnin became yoriki. And the ninpo taijutusubecame 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. Hattori Hanzo had a similar position but the third generarion
Hanzo disappeared during the battle of Osaka and his heir had to
leave from Edo.
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 foundary and to introduce western
military training, here in Japan.
Takenaka in the center (seated) Picture taken in Paris
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 shugunate 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,
French, Italian and
Prussian ambasadors, the shogunate government
collapsed in 1868.
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
He died at the age of 55, chosing to remain as
a samurai warrior of the shogun.
The Shibatas continued to assume
the leading role of the Shinobi folks in Tokyo, until about 80 years ago, when Sadataro's son Shibata Sen' ichi Tatsunojo
and then an officer of the Salvation Army. Till then, he
and his team were engaged in the types of work that the ninja
warriors in the Sengoku period undertook. Thus, all concerned
kept quiet, except for
the people who hired them, and those who felt their lives were at stake.
martial arts have been handed down from father to son. The present
head of the family, the master weaponsmith of the
clan, also trained himself under Kenpu Matsuo, the
grand-master of Kuroda-ryu Ninjutsu. Nawa Yumio sensei was a
very good friend of him.
The family tradition has been
passed down to the Tohmoku of our clan, Kazuchika.
started his training under Sato Kimbei-sensei in his teens and at
his sensei's death he came to train with Jin ichiro Shibata,
besides learining other arts, such as Aikijutsu ,Yagyu-shingan-ryu, Itto-ryu,