We, the Order of Shinobi Samurai, have been committed to gathering information on security issues as we consider reliable information is the most essential in all aspects of life, and we hope our constant efforts will serve the peoples of the world to ensure their safety and possibly their freedom as well.
Dear new members, the first mission for you is to submit 5 reports on places of interest that you want to recommend to the mass. Shibata Kiyomi Suzak
Photo: Shibata Jin'ichi Tetsubunsai, the Jutte Master
Keep a water mirror in your heart and resonate with others with compassion.
Be unwavering and harmonious; conquer anger and persevere in anxiety.
Know invariable natural laws and make use of opportunities, and survive to fulfill your mission.
Take the facts to heart: The fundamental duties of shinobi are gathering intelligence, and guarding confidentiality.
Observe and act with no sound, no scent, and expect no recognition. If any leakage is made, the responsible shinobi is honor bound to return all the titles, ranks and the shinobi name conferred and leave the order.
In case one should retire from the order, unless there's a valid explanation from the person, the rank title starts again from shinobi when the person re-enters the order.
Please make sure to add your own comments when submitting reports. Copying and pasting things from other places or showing only photos are not regarded as reports.
We are an independent, not-for-profit organization with charitable status belonging to the Order of Shinobi Samurai. Our vision is a sustainable and peaceful world in which every person thrives. We do not develop institutional positions on policy issues.
The categories of shinobi in our order
Each shinobi has expertise and trains oneself in a different field of art.
・Tokumu Shinobi those who have expertise in fields not mentioned above (weaponsmith: Kohgei shinobi) (interpreters: Tsuji shinobi)
We are shinobi but not shinobinomono. Our ancestors were among those shinobi samurai in Iga who developed ninjutsu and trained others to be shinobinomono. (Mansen Shukai Chapter 1).
Please know a shinobi order is somewhat similar to a military organization. There are 3 ranks in our order; shinobi, onmitsu and kanrei. Kanrei is a very old term used from the 12th century. It can be translated as "shogun's deputy" In this order Musashi Kenryu is Hitto Kanrei (commander-in-chief).
While the ninshi train themselves, they incorporate the ideas of Ninshido into their daily practices. The ninshi seek to turn social problems to be more harmonious for the mass.
When the fundamental laws found through training are successfully applied in different fields, a Do (Way) can be acknowledged by the mass. The ninshi plan and carry things out and assess the results, and if they are not satisfactory, more efforts are made to get better results.
The Ninshido requires the ninshi to understand situations objectively before taking any measure. The ninshi "observe, orient, decide-act and reflect."
Mansen Shukai reveals us varieties of facts about ninjutsu. We define ninjutsu as strategic techniques and they are not martial arts. Mind-Body Oneness
One of the elements in ninjutsu is sensing (Kannoh 感応). To sense, mind-body oneness (Shinshin Ichinyo 心身一如）becomes essential. An effective way to learn to sense is to combine mental and physical training.
THE DEVELOPMENT OF NINSHIDO FROM SEISHIN OF MANSEN SHUKAI
The Mansen Shukai: Seishin According to the book, the core idea to support ninjutsu is a virtue termed "Seishin (shoshin)正心". Seishin means correct or right mind, or integrity. Though the shinobi carry out their missions like sneaking into places, or stealing things or kidnapping, or plotting, or arsons, or assassinations, the shinobi follow out the orders of their lords whose purposes were to avoid unnecessary wars. So the fact that the shinobi abide by Seishin in their daily lives is where they are different from criminals. Seishin suggests the shinobi are mentally and physically strong, good, humble people.
The Mansen Shukai : Shinobi Mindset The principle shinobi mindset stated in Mansen Shukai is phrased as "Grab at a chance when enemies are unaware ”(Ki wo mite kyo wo tsuku 機をみて虚を突く). Here we can see the shinobi can use every possible strategy without regarding fairness or righteousness or any ethics.
In our order Seishin is termed Washin The shinobisamurai's strategic techniques are sublimated into the philosophical code, way (Do 道). Harmonious heart (Washin 和心) is the fundamental spirit. During the Edo period, our ancestors added Gotoku (Five virtues: Jin, Gi, Rei, Chi, Shin 仁義礼智信) to SEISHIN. When our shinobisamurai ancestors started to work for the Shogunate, Seishin was not enough. It became essential for them to think as elite officials not as low class samurai. SEISHIN was good but they needed more concrete guidelines. There was a wide range of interpretation of Seishin that Seishin could be used for justification of all of the shinobi activities. From JUTSU to LAW and then to Do (術より法に達し道に至る。) Usually people train themselves to be strong or better or healthier. The techniques learned here are mainly for personal advantages and there's no philosophy included. As serious learners advance in their arts, they start to see fundamental laws. When the learning becomes more profound, Do (Way 道. ) naturally unfolds. There's a point where many start to think of utilizing respective art for the society. That's when techniques become enhanced with philosophical perspectives.
The key ideas of Ninshido (Code of Shinobi samurai)
Kyohmeii (Enpathetic resonance)
Mizukagam (Water mirror)
Lin Fuh Lai In (Forest, Wind, Thunderbolt, Darkness)
Gorin (Five-ring) Ninpo
Sansai (Three Forces) Principles
Kanjizai no Jutsu
Ku (No-self, Universe)
We see the evidence in the Tokugawa Shugunate document "Igamono Yuishogaki (Ａ long and distinguished history of the Iga people.)" that the Shogunate employed shinobisamurai.
Our ancestors names are listed among the 200 Igamono shinobi samurai. (Igamono Yuishogaki, p4, p10).
Fujibayashi Sabuji Yasutake wrote a book titled Mansen Shukai and some Koka shinobisamurai dedicated it to the Tokugawa Shogunate hoping to get positions in the government.
The Shogunate decided that the service by the clan was not essential. The shinobinomono disappeared when Japan became peaceful under the Tokugawa Shogunate. Many returned to farming, some became medicine dealers, some fireworks dealers, some became professional martial artists, etc.
The Shimabara Rebellion (17 December 1637 - 15 April 1638) was the largest civil conflict in Japan during the Edo period.
The shogunate employed 10 Koka shinobi to infiltrate the rebel castle. They managed to get into the castle but they couldn't get the most important information to the government, as they couldn't understand the dialect of the rebels. This may be one of the causes for the Shogunate to decline the applications from the Koka shinobisamurai for positions.
Our ancestors placed importance on language studying and learning. Their efforts got paid off. Somehow this made our clan rather unique in the Igamono society under the shogunate.
After the restoration of the monarchy, the Shibatas of the Musashi Province remained active in shinobi business till Sen'ichi Tatsunojo became an officer of the Salvation Army. He dissolved his organization with the membership of 2000+ and the clan turned to keep a low profile.
After the 50th memorial of Tatsunojo, Suzak succeeded the clan head position from Jin'ichi Tetsubunsai Shibata in 2006 and appointed Kazuchika Yoneda as Tohmoku of the clan.
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