Iga is known as the birthplace of ninja.
Ninjas changed history in the shadows, and their existence
remains hidden from the public’s eyes.
Iga’s Kyomaruya was born in Iga from the fascination of the mysterious
existence of ninjas.
There is a traditional industry Iga braided cord in Iga, and ninjas have been shown to use braided cords as a weapon.
“I want to develop braided items that can only be made in Kyomaruya.”
After uncountable trials and errors since its founding, the company finally entered the Reiwa era.
Finally, the “Iga Kumihimo Sukajan”, which incorporates braided cords that
were loved by ninjas, was born.
We call the Iga-ryu goods born out of the climate and lifestyle of Iga, the excellent products bringing together the wisdom and talent of Iga artisans, and the people who focus their energies into cultivating, manufacturing and producing those goods IGAMONO. We recognize IGAMONO to be the pride of Iga, and advertise and recommend it to all of Japan.
Physical stores are also available so you can feel the size and texture of the items for yourself. Please come to enjoy the city full of Iga’s history and visit our store.
A ninja museum in Ueno Park (Iga Ueno Castle) where you can learn about the history and lifestyle of Iga ninjas, who were professionals in gathering information during the Sengoku and Edo periods. The ninja mansion with a thatched roof is brimming with devices such as surprises, hidden swords, and other hidden things to protect the secret notes within.
In the exhibition facility, tools and weapons ingeniously crafted by ninjas, as well as the crystallization of ninja wisdom, ninjutsu books. Speedy and powerful live ninjutsu shows featuring shuriken, Japanese swords, and kusari-gama are also very popular.
A ninjutsu practitioner is known as a ninja. Although ninjutsu itself is not a martial art, it includes a unique form of martial arts that was developed mainly during the Kamakura period.
One of the aspects of ninjutsu is “Shinobi”, which is a technique of information gathering during wars, performed by infiltrating the enemy’s army and is based on spying techniques, such as disguise and psychology. The technique can be divided into two categories, which are sword-fighting and the more subtle arts of fire, magic, pharmacology, astronomy, and others.
Many theories on the origin of ninjutsu have been proposed, and the origin is not as clear as the other branches of martial arts. Based on historical documents, it seems that the ninjas started as “villains” from Iga during the Kamakura period.
In the ancient records, they were mentioned as “Iga Shu” during the Sengoku period, used by the Sengoku Daimyos in the surrounding regions. They also worked as mercenaries in Kyoto, Nara, Shiga, and Wakayama.
Descendants of the Shinobis were allowed to carry swords as farmers during the Edo period and were entrusted with the autonomy of their villages. From these records, it can be said that the Iga ninjas were warriors with significant pride.
After being hired as Iga-mono, they moved to Ueno Castle Town until now.
This is an original product of Iga’s Kyomaruya, which is based on the ninja theme, born in “Iga”, the birthplace of ninjas.
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