Category: Memories

Bujinkan. 1990. Japan. Rare Photos. Archive Footage… Chp. 1.

There have been many who promote NINPO… in whatever WAYs they can. ANTHONY NETZLER is indeed one such legend. When the Japanese Media of 1990 discovered Foreigners studying one of their LEGENDARY Martial Arts… on TV this had to go. So, Go,.. Sayeth too HATSUMI SOKE… then… BASICALLY THREW ANTHONY AND Several other Students who had agreed to act as opponent/victims… into the hands… camera and studio of the said eager Film Crew. Screened only once in Japan as far can tell… then Archived. Fortunately… twas still in the Archives and Anthony has shared a copy and the memory thereof… whilst Shiro… shares his memory… as a fall-guy that fateful day on Japanese TV. photocredit/thanks:shiro

 

 

…SOME STUNT WORK… Shiro IS USED TO… too.

 

 

…A BLAST from the THE PAST.

 

BILLBOARD’S Single of the Year… 1990… (click).

 

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… as well as… the

BUJINKAN. 1990. JAPAN.

RARE PHOTOS.

…and…

ARCHIVE FOOTAGE

…Chp. 1.

The Footage:

 

(click)… in case above… fails.

 

29/9/1990.

The day had come.

Soke had agreed… several class-mates… too.

 

ANTHONY C. NETZLER… Was to STAR… on Japanese Variety TV.

To promote NINPO and so forth.

 

Tall, young, handsome, fit and keen… what could go wrong.?.

LIGHTS… CAMERA… AND… ACTION… … … … …AND…CUT… … AND AGAIN… …

 

The above final/action edit lasts only some 5 mins.

Took a good half a day to film.

 

Food and Drink covered thankfully…

(…we drank lots… non-alco of course… mostly water actually…).

 

Half a day to film…

…Personally,.. i, Shiro… blame… the media.

 

They wanted our faces in the shots.

Yep, imagine that.

 

 

Our faces… unobstructed.

 

… UNOBSTRUCTED…

WTFrick.?.

 

We,..?.. = THE FOREIGN CONTINGENT = ANTHONY NETZLER, ED LOMAX, ANDREW MacDONALD, ANDREW JARVIS, CRAIG TURBETT and R.Roma( =…i, Shiro…)…

(…and the several local NINPO Students…too… including YOSHIDA san and NAKADAI san…) (click)

…had just spent MANY years… learning to do such as… GUARD… ourselves…

 

…WT… Frick… imagine that.

 

Probably would have been quicker to get a group of peeps…

…from the local Sushi joint perhaps.?.(click) who knew not NINPO.?.

We had to undo ALL that anyway.!.

 

photocredit/thanks:quotesgram/lolsotrue

 

Instructions like-…JUMP HERE… over…that man fall… thru doorway…Kick big at HERO and stop… let catch… Turn this way… then fall here… crash down,.. arms spread and away, fall large and big… spread out… here… so camera gets HERO… ok ok… and look … natural… but you… you die… here this spot.

 

WTFrick.?. NATURAL.?. FALL… Splayed out like i was star-jumping.?. and THEN act dead…

…after only a leg wrench.?. YEP,.. sounds Natural to me.!?.

 

…WHAT NINJA STUDENT FALLS LIKE THAT ANYWAY.?. (click)

…NATURALLY… OR NOT.?.

…we just drop, roll fluidly and roll back up etc… arms and such protecting as per req.,..

…UGH.

 

 

Directors.!.

… for less than 10 seconds of action.!.

(… refer 3.21-3.27… video above…)

 

The things ANTHONY +Co.,.. NINPO promote do.

NINPO IKKAN indeed,.. in deed… and in fact… too.

 

 

The KOMA House/Hostel Japan.
…THE INFAMOUS KOMA HOUSE HOSTEL ROOMS… THE PLACE TO BE IN THE 1990’s… FOR THE FOREIGN CONTINGENT OF BUJINKAN STUDENTS HEREIN THAT IS… photocredit/thanks:shiro

 

(…The following related Slide-show photos were taken on the day by CRAIG TURBETT and R.Roma (…=i, Shiro…). As far as is known they have NEVER been publicly displayed prior nor online…

…and were uploaded recently by Shiro via his Personal Files and Library Archives.

Unfortunately… several were very faded and edge worn… due to a later unfortunate and unforeseen unhappy incident with undry moisture and unfed termites… which soon enough… fed themselves… which occurred under a box during storage under ground… a basement…

…in Adelaide whilst Shiro + co.,.. were in Japan training under the Bujinkan.

Unhaps mishaps indeed… cept’ for the Termites… who got fed.

 

…AN EXAMPLE OF BOOK DAMAGE BY TERMITES/WHITE ANTS ETC… THIS ONE IS A JOURNAL AT THE UNI. OF HAWAII. photocredit/thanks:librarymanoahawaiiedu

 

Till a whilst later… then got dosed.

 

Damage included over a dozen Books… mainly Martial Arts related and/or Asia/Japan centred, several Personal NINPO Journals, a small number of Callig. Prints and Artwork by Soke and others… and the Photo Albums of the 1984-1996 Bujinkan Training period of i, Shiro + co.,.. Damaged… ALL to varying degrees…

…INTERESTINGLY PERHAPS.?.

 

The worst affected… or best eaten…

…was ROSS HEAVEN’s ” The Spiritual Practices of the… ” (click).

 

…THE UNFED TERMITES SEEMED TO ENJOY Shiro’s COPY OF THIS TREASURE… TILL DOSED METHINKS INDEED. photocredit/thanks:bookdepository

 

NOT HAPS INDEED THEREIN.!.

 

The Dell Laptop Shiro used to transfer had a Windows Photo Editor… which i put the pics through the CLARITY FILTER… AND those that were a lil’dark… i added some light (…laptop crashed couple of times too.?. UGH indeed… trying to maintain Internet connection for long periods… a lil’ tricky in my area..)

At the time our Cameras were cheap n nasty- great only for snappy tourist type pics. We later did swaps on several. Craig’s Camera has the date. Others undated are by Shiro’s. Neither of us are/were Photographers and the intention was for our personal memories and so forth. When we were not actively rehearsing or needed… we just circulated and snapped away…

Njoy… blasts from the past… Japan,.. 1990…BUJINKAN Students.)

 

THE SLIDESHOW PHOTOS:

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SELECT HIGHLIGHTS:

 

CHANNEL 6 JAPAN TV SET THE SCENE… FOR THIS SCENE. THE NINPO HERO ANTHONY PROVIDES THE ACTION HEREIN. THROWING CAUTION TO THE WIND… UNARMED vs SWORDS TO START… photocredit/thanks:shiro

 

…CONTROLLING WEAPONS AND USING CIRCULAR MOVEMENTS AND SUBTLE WEAPON CONTROL AND PLACEMENTS… THE HERO… CONTROLS THE ACTION INDEED. LEGEND. photocredit/thanks:shiro

 

…AND NOW… I LAY THEM DOWN… TO SLEEP… PERCHANCE TO… DREAM. NINPO… PROMOTED INDEED. photocredit/thanks:cturbett

 

…A DIRECTOR… DIRECTING. THEY TEND TO DO THIS… OFT. photocredit/thanks:shiro

 

ANDREW MacDONALD ON THE RIGHT… GETS RIGHTLY DISTRACTED BY THE HAM ACTING ACTIONS OF OTHERS… WHAT DID HE SEE.?. photocredit/thanks:shiro

 

CLOSE UP OF ABOVE ACTION… A FLICKED UP WOOD TIP ON THE RIGHT MAKES ONE… FLICK UP AND… HEAVENWARD LOOK FOR INSPIRATION… AND PAIN FREE… A DREAM INDEED. THE THINGS NINPO STUDENTS… SOMETIMES DO. photocredit/thanks:cturbett

 

ED LOMAX… KEPT US ALL FOCUSED… BY FOCUSING NINPO ONTO US… EVEN WHEN WE WERE PIC SNAPPING INDEED. ED… AND A SIX FOOT STICK THAT IS. LEGEND. photocredit/thanks:shiro

 

IN A NOD TO TO THE OBLIGATORY HAND SIGN THE JAPANESE TEND TO USE IN PICS… Shiro POSES A… POSE. BEING FROM AUSTRALIA… Shiro + co WERE OFT BEMUSED BY THIS… AS A SIMILAR SIGN IN OZ… FOCUSES… ON OTHER THINGS IT SEEMS. photocredit/thanks:cturbett

 

CRAIG TURBETT… WITH HIS POSE… THE LIGHT GLOW NEAR EAR… PHOTO-BOMBED INDEED. LEGEND. P.S… HI CRAIG…BTW… I, Shiro… STILL OWE YOU 10000 YEN… INDEED. NO POSING THERE. TIS SO. photocredit/thanks:shiro

 

ANTHONY NETZLER… NINPO PROMOTING WITH SOME PROMOTIONAL NINPO. ANDREW MacD.,.. ON THE LEFT and ANDREW JARVIS,.. RIGHT… THE FALL GUYS HEREIN. LEGENDS. 1990. JAPAN. photocredit/thanks:shiro

 

 

BONUS:.. no need to talk… time for…

 

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Till next…

 

 

I Feel. pt.2: Anoushka.

Shiro… after Training one night… was asked by a fellow Student… Have you ever been in Love in Japan.?. Shiro… for once perhaps,.. was pause for thought. Later… after several warmed Japanese Sake rice-wine cups… and a cup of green tea with chili prior,.. and… TWO Cigars.!?… the retelling began. JAPAN… is a Love of mine,.. he sayeth… so this LEGEND too… is always part and parcel of who i be. This can and will be told of those times. The answer you seek is herein indeed it seems.

 

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JOIN THE KUNOICHI OF THE STUCK JUMPER ON NOSE… TO SEE THE REAL PHILOSOPHY… AND FIND THOSE STONES INDEED. THE LEGENDS. Shiro STYLE IT SEEMS.

 

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OK… news just in… site updated… video replay…enabled.

WARNING…WARNING…site video replay…enabled.

 

YOU…may,

…consider yourself…

 

able to watch vids,.. got it.!? ok.

…This Site… is all about… well… mostly about…

THE LEGENDS.

 

So… first vid… some LEGENDARY Stuff indeed.

 

Njoy.

 

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…on with the intel Shiro…

 

I FEEL…

… ” i feel…”  is the name of that LEGEND.

Tis… ” i feel…”  replied-

Shiro… after Training one night.

 

Was asked by a fellow Student…

Have you ever been in Love in Japan.?.

 

Shiro… for once perhaps,.. was pause a lil ‘ long for thought.

 

An oft forgot Training Tip. Herein.

 

 

 

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Later… after several warmed Japanese Sake rice-wine cups…

and a cup of green tea with chili prior,.. and… TWO Cigars.!?…
(cos it’s also a birthday… his btw)

 

This retelling began.

FUJIYAMA…MOUNT FUJI,…JAPAN.

 

JAPAN… is a Love of mine,.. he, I,.. Shiro sayeth…

…so this LEGEND too… is always part and parcel of who i be.

 

This can and will be told of those times.

 

The answer you seek is herein indeed it seems.

 

 

Happy Birthday to me… i,Shiro that is. gifcredit/thanks:youtube

 

An Ode. Early Version. Herein.

 

The above is iDreamofNinja #18.

An ode.

 

 

To a young lady, who,

…through time and the memory of Shiro, is now his Muse.

 

I know very very lil’ about her…

 

…not even if i am spelling her name right etc.

Tis… all i know… is herein… above and below.

 

The above poem is how we spent our time together.

We had… one afternoon.

We sat and stared.

 

 

Tis only in the past few years that i realise.

 

THE EYES OF THE BELOVED (click)

…was what was accomplished.

 

…was then… so unaware.

 

Tbh… i have yet to check whether this is the right wording here but tis of a MEDITATION type that yields unfathomable results. Stare into the other’s eyes… and a Universe is revealed (click).

I still struggle for Words of rightness herein ok.

I have no idea how to describe what i came to see.

 

The eyes of the Beloved…

…and through these to see…???

 

…A Beloved Universe.?.

…yet a girl… yet a universe.

Through her eyes… into… her eyes.?.

 

PICTURE THIS…

JAPAN 1990’s…

 

 

German/Russian? female working Tourist… +

Australian/english/italian male working p.t. touring martial artist.

 

Anoushka… + Shiro.

We had one afternoon.

 

Did not touch, barely spoke… till peeps got in way etc.

Just stared.

Stared into eyes so deep…

…still now am melancholy mumbly when i try to convert emotions and experience into Words.

 

Still.

In KOMA HOUSE, KOMAGOME JAPAN (click).

A Tourist Hostel.

 

She was headed on to…??? i know not where.

 

I, Shiro was headed to NINPO TAIJUTSU TRAINING… (click)

…northern Japan, somewhere, some DOJO.

 

One afternoon of staring into eyes of the Beloved.

And now.?.

 

…now.?.

 

I Feel…

 

…and i miss her so… too.

 

Today is my birthday… i celebrate hers then also…

thus… TWO CIGARS.

To Anoushka… to Shiro.

 

An ode, a dedication… to THEE, the Beloved.

Live your dreams… for,..

…if not YOU.?….

 

…who.?.

 

 

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Till next…

 

iDreamofNinja POETS…#23

iDreamofNinja POETS…#23 WHEN FREEDOM CALLS : DREAMS, TRAVEL AND SACRIFICE. AN ODE TO GEORGE-A MIGRANT MAN… WHOSE DEATH WAS WORTH 6 YEARS… Lived and breathed that distant dream of freedom down under, in that strange new land. Migrant man with fresh hopes and yearns to renew,…to start life all over again. Shiro dedicates in memory of a co-worker… who died protecting self, family and home.

WHEN FREEDOM CALLS :

DREAMS, TRAVEL AND SACRIFICE.

AN ODE TO GEORGE-A MIGRANT MAN

WHOSE DEATH WAS WORTH 6 YEARS…

 

 

Lived and breathed that distant dream

of freedom down under, in that strange new land.

 

 

Migrant man with fresh hopes and yearns

to renew,…to start life all over again.

 

Leaving home, the red flag land, far far behind-

many challenges lay ahead, new language to learn.

 

 

A change of culture,…

many changes at almost every turn-

a heady mix of cultures, habits and traditions.

As a young into old,

man and nation together grew…

 

migrant man with big DREAMS was there-

slowly becoming true blue.

 

 

As part of this change,

adapted his name,…

adopted a new

and became known simply as

george too.

 

 

Worked hard,damned hard for his money reward.

A citizen now,the right to vote and pay taxes.

A Migrant mans DREAMS coming true.

 

A new life was carved, a factory hand.

Bought a house, some land,

living the aussie dream-

started a family here, the right thing to do.

 

 

A day like any other, at least started that way

george and family just doing the live, work and play.

 

Till the sound of angry raised voices reaches the ears,

a crowd of natural born young men projecting their fears.

Full of muscle and wrath, their noise and commotion grow-

local folk quickly shut and locked doors,…

not wanting to know.

 

 

Now old man george though, was of sterner stuff

the boys he thought were plainly just huff.

A home to defend, well worth his rights.

Opens the front door- goes out to meet the night…

 

 

 

aussie v aussie but these young cared little for that.

On his adopted soil migrant man george, blood spilt,

hunted and chased, into the gutter was he thrown-

young men beating and kicking, their rage carried on…

 

leaving the dying, the scene they then fled-

leaving the dying migrant man,.. george too, was soon spent.

 

 

Eventually the law tracked and captured a few

6years was the sentence in the killing of george-

6 years FOR THE KILLING OF HIS DREAM.

 

6 years for the death of a migrant man i once knew.

6years his life only worth-

the judge decided, no more. 6 years.

 

 

6 years for the death of a DREAM.

6 years not much it seems.

as for me…idreamofninja.

 

And you…do you have a dream too?

 

if so…

What’s it REALLY WORTH to YOU???…

 

 

Till next…