Hidden Architecture in the Ninja’s Home (Part 1)

Ninjas (in Japanese, shinobi) were more than assassins. They were also the spies and undercover agents of medieval Japan.  When working for others, ninjas were masters of infiltration, stealth, and disguise, but shinobi didn’t employ these techniques only in the service of others. Stealth and concealment were a way of life in shinobi villages, and made their way into the design of ninja homes as well. During my trip to the Iga Ninja Museum last June, I had the opportunity to tour a replica ninja house, and to see a demonstration of its unique architectural features. Today, I’m sharing a little about the technique of concealed

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