My knowledge of the history of ninjutsu is rather limited (er, just as anyone else, now that I come to think about it) but a few things that have been said here seem to contradict it and I'd like some further precisions, if anyone can provide them... Someone said that ninja being assassins was mostly legend. Yet, as far as I know, Oda Nobunaga, after having most ninja of the Iga province slaughtered, was assassinated by a ninja sent by one of the rare survivors, the famous Hatori Hanzo (other sources saying Hatori killed Oda himself). I also believe that Hatori Hanzo, afterwards, faithfully served Tokugawa Ieyasu and, being an experienced ninja himself, succeeded in stopping many assassination attempts by ninja sent by rival daimyo seeking to make shogun instead of Tokugawa (well, at least that's what the history books say). So, if there's anyone here who has a better knowledge of Japanese history than my own (there should be, for mine isn't too deep really), are the books merely lying, or are they just "romanticizing" the story a bit, or are these facts true but simply not representative of the usual activities of the ninja?
There are a few other statements here that puzzle me, but I'm too lazy to deal with them right now, they'll have to wait a bit longer... [IMG]http://www.fightingarts.com/forums/ubb/smile.gif[/IMG]