#5 Samurai v Ninja


A journey of discovery into samurai, ninja and Japanese culture

Watch the videos - Answer the ninja tests

before heading to Ninja Tasks!


A. Kyujutsu Display (1 min 30 secs)

A real Akiko in action! Watch this girl execute the ancient Art of the Bow and prove girls can be just as deadly as the boys!

#1 Ninja test: What is a Japanese bow and arrow called? [Answers below]


B. Kendo Match (25 secs)

Real young samurai training in Kendo (The Way of the Sword) like Jack and Akiko would have trained 400 years ago.

#2 Ninja test: What is a kendo sword made out of? [Answer below]


C. Bojutsu Display (40 secs)

This young samurai (9 years old) inspired me to include bo staff fighting in Book 2: The Way of the Sword. Watch his display and you’ll see why I was so impressed.

#3 Ninja test: What does the boy do at the end of the video and why? [Answer below]


D. Niten Ichi Ryu Samurai School (2 mins)

Discover what Jack and Akiko’s samurai school would have looked like in the real world of Japan.

#4 Ninja test: What city is this temple near in Japan? [Answer below]


E. A Ninja House (2 mins)

Visit this authentic ninja house complete with secret escape routes, hidden trapdoors and deadly weapons.

#5 Ninja test: What is the hidden staircase disguised as? [Answer below]


F. Samurai Town (3 mins)

Explore the real samurai town of Tsumago in Japan, virtually unchanged in over 400 years.

#6 Ninja test: What trail is this samurai town on? [Answer below]


G. US Tour video (4 mins 35 secs)

Follow me on my first Young Samurai tour of the USA!

#7 Ninja test: What bookstore do I visit on my tour? [Answer below]


H. Sweat of the Samurai (40 secs)

For fun! When you get thirsty why don’t you try this Japanese drink? SWEAT!

#8 Ninja test: What happens when I drink Pocari Sweat? [Answer below]


Ninja Test Answers:

#1 Ninja test: What is a Japanese bow and arrow called? Yumi and Ya

#2 Ninja test: What is a kendo sword made out of? Bamboo

#3 Ninja test: What does the boy do a the end of the video and why? The boy bows as a sign of respect

#4 Ninja test:  What city is this temple near in Japan? Himeji

#5 Ninja test: What is the hidden staircase disguised as? A bookshelf

#6 Ninja test: What trail is this samurai town on? Nakasendo Trail

#7 Ninja test: What bookstore do I visit on my tour? Barnes & Noble

#8 Ninja test: What happens when I drink Pocari Sweat? I puke!


Now head to NINJA TASKS


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