Till about a decade
ago, I didn't know very much
about my grandfather. I just knew him as a retired officer
Salvation Army. But after his 50th
memorial, my father
me very amazing histories of my grandfather
and my onmitsu
ancestors who worked for the Tokugawas
(Kiyomi Vanessa Shibata)
18th generation Rep. of the Musashi Clan
have defined the contemporary ninjas as members of a tight-
knit clan whose goals every
From the end of the 16th century, our clan
developed the system
of Onmitsu (Tokugawa Ninja).
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
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
ninjas, in striving to reach their goals, develop the individual persons
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)"
where there is no conflict.
Ryuha (school) 武蔵流
Because of its assimilation of various aspects of the other martial
we have decided to call our the martial arts of our clan "Musashi-ryu". And
ninjutsu comprises one part of our comprehensive arts.
It is popularly known as Musashi-ryu Ninjutsu cf: About us
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
means a lot to both, our guests and ninjas to have an opportunity