NINJA TRUTH Episode 7: In Search of the Kunoichi, the Female Ninja
Before modern times, the ninja worked secretly in the shadows, and a particularly shadowy figure is the female ninja or Kunoichi. While often portrayed as female spies, we're left with only hints and speculations about them. Based on passages from the "Bansenshukai," perhaps the most famous ninja manual, we investigate the history, mode of operation, and psychological tactics of the Kunoichi. Our search takes us to Tomi, a city in Nagano Prefecture where a mysterious female group once resided.
Kakuremino no Jutsu: A technique used by the Kunoichi to sneak a fellow ninja into an estate.
The Kunoichi are believed to have converted hairpins and other ordinary items into weapons.
An Aruki-miko from Tomi, Nagano Pref.. It has been said that the Aruki-miko were actually Kunoichi.