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China rěn zhě
Japan ninja
Ninja Vertical Wall Scroll

In feudal Japan, ninja or shinobi (literally, "one who is concealed" or "one that endures") were sometimes assassins and agents of espionage. The ninja, like samurai, followed their own special code of conduct.

The role of the ninja has been romanticized in many American movies (and to a lesser extent in Japanese movies). Because the ninja-craze has taken off in the west, Japan has followed the trend and you'll see plenty of ninja-related imagery in Japan.

忍Note that when writing this as Kanji, Japanese will tend to write the first character in the form shown to the right. If you select our Japanese master calligrapher, please expect that form. Our Chinese calligraphers can also write it in the Japanese form but only if you request it (in the special instructions about your order during checkout).

See Also:  Samurai | Warrior | Ninjitsu


China rěn
Japan nin
Ninja Vertical Wall Scroll

忍 is just the first character of "Ninja." It means to beat, to endure, or to tolerate. Some use this as the short form of "Ninja" but it would be more correct to use the two-character version in most cases (and for clarity). Other definitions of this Kanji include: to bear, put up with, conceal, spy or sneak. It is also a character in Korean Hanja and Chinese but not well-known with this meaning but rather a definition like "patience."

忍Note that when writing this as Kanji, Japanese will tend to write it in the form shown to the right. If you select our Japanese master calligrapher, please expect this Kanji form (yes, it's just one stroke that is slightly different in location, crossing another stroke in the Japanese Kanji form).

Shinobi / Ninja Outcast

Japan shino-bi
Shinobi / Ninja Outcast Vertical Wall Scroll

忍び (Shinobi) is a term often associated with ninjas of ancient Japan.

忍び really means stealing (into), a spy, a sneaking thief, stealth, or a surreptitious visit to a house of ill repute. However, 忍び is sometimes used to refer to an outcast ninja.

This term was somehow given a better report when various video games, TV series, and even a movie came out with this Shinobi title.

忍び are sometimes Romanized as two words: Shin obi, or Shin-obi.

Note: The first character can be written as 忍 or 忍.


China rěn fǎ
Japan nin pou
Ninpo Vertical Wall Scroll

忍法 is Ninpo which can be translated as "Ninja Arts" from Japanese.

If you want this to mean "Ninja Arts," you should consider this to be Japanese only. In Chinese, someone might read this as "patience law" or "the art of patience."

The first character can be associated with "Ninja" since it is the "Nin" of "Ninja." But the literal meaning is patience or perseverance. The second character means "law" or "method." Often this is extended to mean or be translated as "arts."

Within a Buddhist context (especially Chinese Buddhism), this is the method or stage of patience, the sixth of the seven stages of the Hīnayāna in the attainment of arhatship, or sainthood.

Ninjutsu / Ninjitsu

China rěn shù
Japan ninjutsu
Ninjutsu / Ninjitsu Vertical Wall Scroll

忍術 is the "art of the ninja" in Japanese. Most Japanese people associate ninjas with some degree of romance and reverence to Japan's ancient past. But most will accept that the ninja is an idea or way of life whose time has passed. However, this has not stopped floods of movies about ninjas and dojos offering Ninjutsu training from keeping the idea of the ninja alive in modern times.

My modern Japanese dictionary defines this term as "assassination, stealth and combat techniques," or "fighting art of the ninja."

忍Note that when writing this as Kanji, Japanese will tend to write the first character in the form shown to the right. Because this is specifically a Japanese title, we only suggest our Japanese master calligrapher for this selection - and you will get the form shown to the right if you do that (please ignore the fact that some of the images you see during the following pages in the options process will be the Chinese/alternate form).

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Japanese shinobi / しのび
Ninjutsu / Ninjitsu Vertical Wall Scroll
Japanese (1) stealth; (2) (abbreviation) (See 忍び歩き) travelling incognito (traveling); (3) (abbreviation) (See 忍びの術) ninjutsu; (4) (abbreviation) (See 忍びの者) ninja; (5) sneak theft; sneak thief; (6) (See 忍びない) tolerance


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Mandarin rěn fǎ / ren3 fa3
Taiwan jen fa
Japanese ninpou / ninpo / にんぽう
Ninjutsu / Ninjitsu Vertical Wall Scroll
Japanese ninja arts
(忍法位) The method or stage of patience, the sixth of the seven stages of the Hīnayāna in the attainment of arhatship, or sainthood: also the third of the four roots of goodness.


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Mandarin rěn zhě / ren3 zhe3
Taiwan jen che
Japanese ninja / にんじゃ
Ninjutsu / Ninjitsu Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese ninja
Japanese (See 忍術) ninja (persons in feudal Japan who used ninjutsu for the purposes of espionage, assassination, sabotage, etc.)


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Japanese ninjutsu / にんじゅつ Japanese {MA} ninjutsu (fighting art of the ninja); ninja skills in secrecy, stealth and combat techniques

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Mandarin yìn / yin4
Taiwan yin
Japanese in / いん
Chinese to print; to mark; to engrave; a seal; a print; a stamp; a mark; a trace; image; surname Yin; abbr. for 印度[Yin4 du4]
Japanese (1) stamp; seal; chop; (2) seal impression; seal; sealing; stamp; mark; print; (3) {Buddh} mudra (symbolic hand gesture); (4) ninja hand sign; (n,n-suf,n-pref) (5) (abbreviation) (See 印度) India; (surname) In
mudrā; seal, sign, symbol, emblem, proof, assurance, approve; also 印契; 契印; 印相. Manual signs indicative of various ideas, e. g. each finger represents one of the five primary elements, earth, water, fire, air, and space, beginning with the little finger; the left hand represents 定 stillness, or meditation, the right hand 慧 discernment or wisdom; they have also many other indications. Also, the various symbols of the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, e. g. the thunderbolt; cf. 因.; (度) The five Indias, or five regions of India, idem 五天竺 q. v.

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Mandarin cǎo / cao3
Taiwan ts`ao / tsao
Japanese soukou / soko / そうこう    kusa / くさ
Chinese variant of 草[cao3]
Japanese (1) kanji "grass radical" (radical 140); (2) grass crown; (out-dated kanji) (1) grass; weed; herb; thatch; (2) (archaism) ninja; (prefix) (3) not genuine; substandard; (surname) Takakusa; (surname) Kusa


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Mandarin shàng rěn / shang4 ren3
Taiwan shang jen
Japanese jounin / jonin / じょうにん
Japanese Ninja clan master; highest-ranking ninja
exceedingly patient


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Mandarin xià rěn / xia4 ren3
Taiwan hsia jen
Japanese genin / げにん
Japanese low-ranking ninja; (place-name) Shimooshi
inferior patience


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Mandarin zhōng rěn / zhong1 ren3
Taiwan chung jen
Japanese chuunin / chunin / ちゅうにん
Japanese (manga slang) ninja commander
middling patience


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Japanese mantou / manto / まんとう Japanese ninja weapon disguised as a pair of garden shears


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Japanese fukibari / ふきばり Japanese Ninja spitting needles


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Japanese ningu / にんぐ Japanese ninja implement (shuriken, etc.)


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Japanese nintou / ninto / にんとう Japanese Ninja sword


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Japanese nukenin / ぬけにん Japanese runaway ninja; fugitive ninja


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Japanese kunai / くない Japanese (ateji / phonetic) (1) (colloquialism) ninja throwing knives; (2) mediaeval farming tool for digging, prying, etc.; (female given name) Kunashi


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Japanese mantou / manto / まんとう Japanese ninja weapon disguised as a pair of garden shears


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Japanese toppa / とっぱ Japanese (archaism) (See 忍者) ninja


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Japanese tonpou / tonpo / とんぽう Japanese {MA} Ninja art of escape


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Japanese tonjutsu / とんじゅつ Japanese {MA} Ninja art of escape


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Japanese kaginawa / かぎなわ Japanese ninja rope with grappling hook


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Japanese innin / いんにん Japanese camouflaged ninja


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Japanese younin / yonin / ようにん Japanese ninja working in the open; non-undercover ninja


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Japanese innin / いんにん Japanese (noun/participle) (1) patience; endurance; (2) undercover ninja; embedded ninja


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Japanese kaginawa / かぎなわ Japanese ninja rope with grappling hook


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Japanese kunoichi / くのいち Japanese (ik) (1) female ninja; (2) (colloquialism) woman


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Japanese kunoichi / くのいち Japanese (1) female ninja; (2) (colloquialism) woman


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Japanese nanabake / ななばけ Japanese (1) (See 七変化・しちへんげ・3) kabuki dance in which the dancer quickly changes his clothes seven times; (2) the seven common disguises of ninja


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Japanese shichihoude / shichihode / しちほうで Japanese {MA} seven disguises of the ninja


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Japanese manrikigusari / まんりきぐさり Japanese {MA} Ninja weighted chain weapon


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Japanese fukibari / ふきばり Japanese Ninja spitting needles

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Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Ninja忍者ninjarěn zhě / ren3 zhe3 / ren zhe / renzhejen che / jenche
Ninjaninrěn / ren3 / renjen
Ninja Outcast
Ninpo忍法nin pou / ninpou / nin po / ninporěn fǎ / ren3 fa3 / ren fa / renfajen fa / jenfa
ninjutsurěn shù / ren3 shu4 / ren shu / renshujen shu / jenshu
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