Ninja Mug with Katana Spoon and Shuriken Coaster
Mark Cartwright has done a great job of breaking down the ninjas and you can read in more detail by clicking the link below.
Ninja (aka Shinobi) were the specialised assassins, saboteurs, and secret agents of medieval Japanese warefare who were highly-trained proponents of the martial arts, especially what later became known as ninjutsu or ‘the art of the ninja’. These special forces were adept at disguise, deception, and assaulting enemy positions and strongholds, usually at night when they moved like shadows in their traditional dark clothing. Employed from the 15th century CE onwards, ninjas, because of their lengthy secret training in specialised schools and mysterious anonymity, have acquired a perhaps exaggerated reputation for fantastic feats and weapons play, which makes them perfect characters for many modern comic books and computer games.
Martial Arts & Ninjutsu
In medievil Japan, there were no fewer than 18 individual martial arts (bugei or bujutsu). Besides the more familiar ones which are still practised today such as judo, jujutsu and kendo, there were those involving horsemanship and swimming. One of the 18 was the art of the ninja or ninjutsu, which developed during the Edo Period (1603-1868 CE). However, ninjas as military special forces had been in operation since the 15th century CE and the Warring States Period (aka Sengoku Jidai, 1467-1568 CE) when the factious infighting that beset Japan required reconnaissance, intelligence and spying in order to ascertain who exactly one’s enemies were or might be in the near future.
A ninja, then, had two main roles: as an assassin and as a spy to gather intelligence on enemy movements and plans. For both, they employed disguises and learnt the art of deception. The real identity of successful ninjas was, of course, concealed to ensure their own safety and continued usefulness in future operations. Ninjas were also used as forward scouts and to generally cause as much disruption as possible behind enemy lines during nighttime commando raids.
Besides organised bands of ninjas, there were many freelance ninjas who offered their services to the highest bidder in the unsettled times of 15th and 16th century CE Japan. Crafty leaders sometimes employed ninjas to infiltrate the ninja bands of the enemy. In order to make sure ninjas within a group were who they should be passwords were used at random. A ninja was supposed to stand whenever they heard the password and anyone left seated was thus exposed.
The tactics of subterfuge, ambush and trickery, as well as their use of projectile weapons, meant that ninjas did not enjoy the high reputation that samurai warriors, perhaps not entirely fairly, acquired for being chivalrous and courageous. By the Edo Period and the peace which followed from the Tokugawa domination of Japan, ninjas were no longer required in such numbers and so the formal martial art of ninjutsu developed to continue their traditions. Illustrated manuals were written as guides for would-be practitioners, the most famous being the Bansen shukai, compiled by Fujibayashi Samuji in 1676 CE.
The earliest approach to ninja training was taken by particular families of samurai warriors who passed on their skills from father or master (sensei) to son. These became the famous ninja families and explain why certain localities established long traditions of producing the specialised warriors. From childhood, a future ninja would learn to ride, swim, and handle weapons of all kinds. From the 15th century CE, ninjas were being trained in special camps which might involve entire villages. Some schools became especially famous such as the Iga and Koga schools. As leaders did not want rivals copying their tactics, all training was done orally lest written records fall into the wrong hands.
A ninja was trained to be physically fit and nimbly athletic; jumping from heights and across moats and other obstacles was a particularly useful skill and is probably the origin of the legends involving flying ninjas. In addition, they were also trained to work in acrobat-like teams so that they could use each other to climb greater heights. Ninjas could also throw grappling hooks with precision, scale up and down ropes and collapsible ladders, and enter places closed to less-skilled operatives. Ninjas could create spyholes using pocket folding saws and gouging tools. They could impede pursuers by throwing down makibishi (caltrops - Metal clusters of points). Ninjas were taught such useful skills as concealing oneself in various terrains, survival skills to live off the country, how to read topography and maps, understand indications of weather changes, use explosives, securely tie up captives, mix poisons, destroy a building by fire, and, for when things did not go well on a mission, the arts of escape and medicine.
You can continue to read more here - https://www.ancient.eu/Ninja/
Enough about Ninjas, let's get back to this coffee mug, which just like a ninja is multi functional, what , how, well you can put literally anything in it that will fit, hot liquids cold liquids and solids. Yes lol its a mug you know what you can do with it.
You can remove the mask and wash it or leave it off all the time (if you are not a fun person lol). I also find that the mask is a nice buffer between your fingers and the hot or cold drink as mugs heat up and cool down with reference to the liquid in them.
A Katana spoon, that's so cool too, can you imagine how many times I have play fought with my ninja coffee spoon. Many times and i'm not ashamed to say so, when we stop playing and having fun we start to get old, silliness is youthful.
As if that isn't already enough, you also get a throwing star (Shuriken) to complete the ninja mug set. We all need to have a coaster for our mugs so that we don't ruin the surfaces we are using them with. I have also played ninjas with my star coasters, but don't throw them. They don't throw well, actually hat's not true they do throw well but they may not survive a hit into a hard surface but a pillow or a couch, that works hahaha
An environmentally friendly porcelain ninja mask mug for your coffee and tea, it looks even cooler with that serious tea drinker stain, gives it that rustique style.
Ninjas are a great part of history and the modern story telling and they are always going to feature in action movies, and we love that.
Now if you will excuse me I am off to make a cuppa and play some Ninjas, because I'm home alone and my pets don't judge me.