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rěn zhě
Ninja 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

Ninja 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

Shinobi / Ninja Outcast 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.

rěn fǎ
nin pou
Ninpo 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

rěn shù
Ninjutsu / Ninjitsu 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).

The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...

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
In some entries above you will see that characters have different versions above and below a line.
In these cases, the characters above the line are Traditional Chinese, while the ones below are Simplified Chinese.

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 shinobi / しのび
Ninjutsu / Ninjitsu Scroll
(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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rěn fǎ / ren3 fa3
jen fa
 ninpou / ninpo / にんぽう
Ninjutsu / Ninjitsu Scroll
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; stage of patience in regard to phenomena


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rěn zhě / ren3 zhe3
jen che
 ninja / にんじゃ
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(See 忍術) ninja; person trained in ninjutsu and employed for covert purposes in feudal Japan


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 ninjutsu / にんじゅつ
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{MA} ninjutsu; combat and stealth techniques used by ninja for espionage, sabotage, assassination, etc.

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yìn / yin4
 in / いん
to print; to mark; to engrave; a seal; a print; a stamp; a mark; a trace; image
(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; a seal

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cǎo / cao3
ts`ao / tsao
 takakusa / たかくさ
variant of 草[cao3]
(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


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


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


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


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


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 fukibari / ふきばり Ninja spitting needles


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


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 nintou / ninto / にんとう Ninja sword


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 nukenin / ぬけにん runaway ninja; fugitive ninja



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xì zuò / xi4 zuo4
hsi tso
 saisaku / さいさく
police spy; secret agent
(archaism) spy; secret agent; ninja


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


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


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 nokizaru / のきざる ninja (esp. those serving the Uesugi clan during the Sengoku period)


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


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


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


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 kaginawa / かぎなわ ninja rope with grappling hook


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 innin / いんにん camouflaged ninja


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


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


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 kaginawa / かぎなわ ninja rope with grappling hook


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


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


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 nanabake / ななばけ (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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 shichihoude / shichihode / しちほうで {MA} seven disguises of the ninja

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