Entries are now open to battle for glory and prizes when night falls on one of Japan’s most famous ninja towns.
The phrase “local history” can sometimes conjure up stuffy, mundane details. Things like “The city borders were set when Farmer X asked County Administrator Y to dig an irrigation canal, which under Land Ordinance 2316 required annexation official unincorporated land within 20 meters of the point where a man-made waterway meets a natural body of water.”
But you know a place that has no problem with its boring local history? kokathe city of Shiga Prefecture it is the house of Koga Ninja Clan. Koka wears her love for her heritage on her shinobi sleeve, and in the latest awesome example of how, the city is currently recruiting 100 participants for a ninja vs. samurai night battle, to be held later this month, which will pit two teams against each other in a moonlight battle competition at the site of the Minakuchi Okayama castle ruins.
Before the destruction of the castle, the samurai Natsuka Masaie was the last lord of the fortress. After allying with the losing Toyotomi forces in the Battle of Sekigahara in 1600, Natsuka retreated to Minakuchi Okayama, which was then attacked and fell to the Tokugawa army.
All of the above is a matter of established historical records, and given the castle’s proximity to one of the main sources of ninja for hire in Japan, it’s not too much of a stretch to imagine Koga ninja playing a role in the successful siege. This bit of historical speculation is the inspiration behind the Shinobi YouchiWhere Shinobi Night Attackan event. After dark, the team of 50 ninjas will climb the hill to the site of the castle, where they will try to assassinate as many members of the defending 50 samurai army as possible..
▼ A teaser video for the event (although the video is shot during the day, the actual event will take place after sunset)
Of course, Japan has become a much less violent place since the end of the feudal era, so ninjas won’t be slaying their prey, and samurai warriors won’t beheading defending their castle. Instead, each participant will receive a foam sword and a pair of targets to carry on their shoulders, as seen in the image below.
Getting hit causes the target to light up, confirming the kill. Once defeated, the participant must deliver a wooden name tag with their name to their killer, to be counted as points for their team at the end of the battle. The samurai and ninja each have three lives, but after losing each must retreat to their home base to have the light turned off by a game official.
This is just the beginning of the detailed gameplay system, however. For starters, not all kills are worth the same number of points.. Basic samurai, for example, are worth 10 points, while general samurai are worth 100. A member of the samurai team will also take on the mantle of Lord Natsuka himself, and his one and only dog tag is worth a huge 500 points, so keeping him safe is the number one priority for the samurai. Things are a little more balanced on the ninja side, with their five leaders worth 100 points to 10 for the other ninjas.
▼ “Defeat the invading ninja and protect the generals!”
With the battle taking place on a sprawling playing field, each team will have to divide their forces. Just because you have a partner who is supposed to watch your back doesn’t mean you’re safe. On each team are three spies who actually work for the other side, aiming to relay information to your enemies or, worse, kill you when you let your guard down because you think you’re among the allies.s. There is even a popotential story branch, all sorts. The battle will take place over two 30-minute rounds, and if the ninja succeeds in assassinating Lord Natsuka, then Round 2 will begin with the ninja having occupied the territory and the teams switching positions, so the ninja is defending and the samurai is attacking in an attempt to recover their castle.
▼ Detailed rules are covered in the video here, but it basically boils down to “Kill your opponents”.
At the end of the two rounds, the total scores are tallied and the team with the most points is the winner. The winning team will receive some sort of as yet unrevealed prize, and there are also rewards for samurai and ninja who stand out for particularly exemplary performance in battle..
Shinobi Youchi will take place on October 22, and given the complexity of the event, it’s basically a one-day event. Participants gather at the reception at 1:30 p.m. to check in and put on their costumes/uniforms. Then there is playing field scouting sessions, strategic advice and formation positioning before the start of Round 1 at 5:30 p.m. Taiko drum signals will be used to tell players how much time is left in the battlewith round 2 ending at 7 p.m., followed by awards and closing ceremonies, descending from the hilltop ruins to the reception area to get back into modern gear, and even ending at 9 p.m. .
▼ There’s also a vague promise of some kind of partial reconstruction of the castle for the event, most likely this inflatable replica of its central keep.
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— 城びと (@Shirobito_jp) April 22, 2022
The event organizers kindly declare that even people without ninja or samurai experience are welcome to participate in the battle, although participants must be at least high school age (15 in Japan) and in good health, because even if there are no real swinging blades, you will still be running in the middle of the night . Participation fees start at 5,000 yen (35 USD) for the 42 standard samurai slots and 42 normal ninja slots, with the roles of samurai general and ninja leader at 7,500 yen and the honor of being the main target of 50 ninjas as Lord Natsuka at 10,000 yen. Requests can be made here via the official event website.
Source: Shinobi Youchi Official Website via Japaaan, PR Times
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