Apr. 13th, 2013

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Once [livejournal.com profile] thewronghands was done learning even more ninja badassery, we decamped our lovely business hotel in the Ayase district and headed off for the distant mountain town of Iga. If I remember correctly, this required about a million years on a train. The bullet train was quick and efficient, but we parted way with it and climbed aboard a local train winding down toward the coast. Slowly. With many stops. Many, many stops. It was getting pretty late by the time we hit the last train change, and fully dark when we boarded the ninja train up the mountain.

Seriously, the ninja train. This was our first clue that the birthplace of Ninjutsu was really, truly, a THING for the town. Oh, yeah. Actually, the first clue was the shuriken painted on all the light fixtures on the train. Subtle, but a lovely warm-up to the kitsch that awaited us.Ninjas of Iga Ueno! )

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