Trip Start Nov 03, 2011
13Trip End Dec 04, 2011
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ninja museum,iga ueno
ninja shrine(i think from the writing on it) In a little lane. It had an entrance to it that was like 4 foot high so you had to squat or kneel to see into it.
I went into a junk and collectables store that had some really amazing stuff in it(opposite iga ueno station) and asked the nice old lady who ran it for directions.She was able to give me some maps and info and pointed me in the right direction,so I signed her visitors book and bought a steam boy mug top,to be used as a chopstick holder,and then i was off
So I headed into the main town past truckstop,river and floodplain.Past rice paddy and waving grain.Down deserted japanese country roads and streets.A fair hike but a pleasant one.I eventually
found the Ninja Museum.I met a german traveller who was sleaping in the outdoors a la kerouac hobo and was impressed given the time of year .when I was younger I had my own hobo adventures!Ahh memories!
the museum has various parts.The first part is the Ninja House with all the trapdoors and secret compartments and weapon stashes and the other 2 parts are the museum itselfe which has all the ninja gear and information etc.Amazing stuff,apparently Ninja's first appeared in India 5000 b.c. and spread through china eventually arriving in Japan via Korea in 500 a.d.and didnt become a martial art till much later.
And so the time getting on(if you go there leave very early I didnt!) I thought I'd miss the ninja performance and head off back into town and see if I could catch a few other sights like Basho's House etc. on the way to a train station,but alas I could not get my bearings and ended up going back to Iga Ueno,just as pleasant going back! I found at the station stuck to a wall a small statue in a glass box of some saint with a ball for a leg(or maybe thats his hat) and sitting on a red silk cushion.Amazing!