What do you make of the claim that Ninjas never actually existed?


Ad Honorem
Oct 2016
Some town in USA has annual Ninja parade. They secretly move from one end of the town to the other.
People turn up to try and spot them, but no go, the ninjas are too good for them. Not a Ninja seen at last years parade ..... stealth !



Forum Staff
Apr 2010
T'Republic of Yorkshire
Historian Stephen Turnbull did sort of a 180 on his earlier work. He used to relay fascinating info about ninjas from Japanese sources, but now claims that ninjas as a specially-trained class of stealth warriors never existed.
I'm half tempted to go and sit in one of Dr. Turnbull's lectures dressed like a ninja. He teaches at my alma mater, and lives not far from me.

Of course, if I'm good enough, he won't spot me.

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