realNEO Word Of The Day: 忍者 - Dedicated to Lily and Dianna

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Wed, 11/03/2010 - 21:51.

realNEO Word Of The Day: 忍者 - Dedicated to Lily and Dianna

A ninja or shinobi (忍者 or 忍び?) was a covert agent or mercenary of feudal Japan specializing in unorthodox arts of war. The functions of the ninja included espionage, sabotage, infiltration, and assassination, as well as open combat in certain situations. The ninja, using covert methods of waging war, were contrasted with the samurai, who had strict rules about honor and combat.

In his Buke Myōmokushō, military historian Hanawa Hokinoichi writes of the ninja:

They travelled in disguise to other territories to judge the situation of the enemy, they would inveigle their way into the midst of the enemy to discover gaps, and enter enemy castles to set them on fire, and carried out assassinations, arriving in secret.

The origin of the ninja is obscure and difficult to determine, but can be surmised to be around the 14th century. However, the antecedents to the Ninja may have existed as early as the Heian and early Kamakura eras. Few written records exist to detail the activities of the ninja.

The mysterious nature of the ninja has long captured popular imagination in Japan, and later the rest of the world. Ninjas figure prominently in folklore and legend, and as a result it is often difficult to separate historical fact from myth. Some legendary abilities include invisibility, walking on water, and control over natural elements. The ninja is also prevalent in popular culture, appearing in many forms of entertainment media.

Photos of actual ninja by Kylie Roulet

Photo of actual buckaneer by Jasmine

Photo of actual smile by Kylie Roulet

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Best dedication that I have ever received!

Thank you Norm for the really big smile first thing in the morning.

You have beautiful children.

Forces to be reckoned with - just like you

Forces to be reckoned with - just like you

Disrupt IT

Extraordinary compliment....Thank you, Norm!

I feel my life and sense of community decimated by these alleged leaders with their underground workings here in Cleveland that only benefit the affluent, corrupt, and connected... I believe that the truth is shallow and collusively planned without incorporating the consensus that was denied by lack of communication throughout the last few generations while these folks worked to steer out the families of Cleveland....and while the remnants and destruction are left for us to view like a hurricane passed through out beloved community...these guys get to live happily ever after as though they did something amazing for our great City..... They are pure TERRORISTS....and they deserve to be held accountable. Our people live in fear of political retalation, they are afraid to speak up because they will be targeted by these powers that be and the violated people are worn thin with chasing their tails in the wind....begging for mercy and help from the over 7,000 philanthropic organizations locally that benefit from the shameful ploys to dehumanize the public at large which is being used as quotas...

run on run on run on........The people of our community deserve better than the results that have been portrayed upon them....

Thank you, Norm... While I have missed and will miss REALNEO for many days....I found it quite refreshing to find this upon my one try of revisiting the internet for this little moment. If anyone needs me, you can try calling me direct. For now, peace be with you all.