(Work in Progress)
Ninjutsu is a discipline developed by the legendary ninja warriors in feudal Japan. The exact year of its appearance is unknown. According to historical records dating back to the 12th century, this discipline was developed in the Kamakura period, when widespread conflicts led to the use of unconventional strategies of war. Their specificity of operating in secret and the lack of historical documents caused the ninja figure to become mythological; today’s perception of ninjas in popular culture is based on those elements of Japanese folklore.
Kakushi Buki starting point is an interview and video recording training of a ninjutsu martial artist who makes rectifications of the ninjas’ fictitious representation. The interview is interspersed with videos and images found online that illustrate how the historical becomes mythological. It intercalates facts and fiction and makes equivalences between the legendary abilities and the Ninja’s war functions of infiltration and the new techniques of transmission and collection of information such as broadcasting and global online reach.
Japan has been trying to turn the worldwide spread of Japanese pop culture into political influences and economic gains by capitalizing on the international popularity of manga and anime using computer-generated imagery and online distribution. The consumption of traditional culture is repackaged and distributed globally in a political brand; it ends up being shaped by the contexts of local reception while shaping the identity of the spectators concerning the media. Kakushi Buki makes it possible to gauge the differences between reality as a practitioner’s experience and the television show that stems from the anime economy, the entertainment industry, new recruitment propaganda, national branding, and cultural fetishization.
Kakushi buki, the image abroad
(Work in Progress)