Woopee! After full out 7-day weeks, working on Video Production Lab Workshop, Platinum Online Income Club, and The State Of Online Video, I finally took a day off. Rented a car and drove us to Iga Ueno – the old training grounds of the Ninja. A beautiful drive, out of the concrete jungle and into the wooded hills. Also, realized I hadn’t driven a car for 6 months.
The minute we got to Iga, we had to get into our Ninja costume.
Toured the Ninja house, which was full of secret panels, spy holes, and places to stash weapons.
Next, a Ninja demonstration. And, I had the opportunity to throw some Shuriken. LOL, threw them so hard the real Ninja had to exert some force to pull them out of the board. Said I should be a Ninja. Maybe my next career.
Rieko decided that it looked like fun and she wanted to try to. She soon found out that they are deceptively heavy.
Then, up the hill to visit the castle. I love these massive stone walls we have in Japan. You’ll find these, and the massive stone steps, everywhere. I don’t envy the poor sods who had to lug these by hand.
At the top of the hill, the beautiful castle. We just stood on the steps. Didn’t enter the castle here, because …
… there’s only one way for a Ninja to enter a castle.
Having worked up a Ninja appetite, we headed off to a nearby Sukiyaki restaurant that dates back to a long time ago. Up the stairs and down the longest hallway.
We had our own room (could have fit 20 of us in there) and a Nabe full of succulent Iga beef, vegetables, noodles, and tofu. Absolutely delicious, and I think it was made more so by us being totally pampered as the lady cooked the meal in front of us.