THE SHO KOSUGI NINJA-TO


INTRODUCTION


Amongst the wide variety of ninja, samurai, and kobudo weapons that master martial artist and action movie star Sho Kosugi expertly used in his films, TV shows, instructional programs, posters, photo shoots, TV commercials, video game motion capturing sessions, and stage shows, there is without question one that is the most iconic. As legendary as the man who wielded it and helped design it, and which bears his name, this weapon is of course the Sho Kosugi Ninja-To (or SK Ninja-To for short).


This distinctive ninja sword was featured in all of Master Kosugi's many ninja-related and varied projects from its original version in 1983's REVENGE OF THE NINJA, to its final screen bow in his last 80s ninja movie, 1987's RAGE OF HONOR.


 

REVENGE OF THE NINJA (1983)

Sho Kosugi wielded the original version of the SK Ninja-To both in his starring role as Cho Osaki, and in the scenes where he doubled Braden.


 

THE MASTER (1984)

Sho Kosugi wielded the second version of the SK Ninja-To both in his recurring starring role as Okasa, and when he doubled "The Master".


 

NINJA III: THE DOMINATION (1984)

Sho wielded the second version of the SK Ninja-To as Yamada.

9 DEATHS OF THE NINJA (1985)

Sho wielded the second version of the SK Ninja-To as Spike Shinobi.


 

PHOTO SHOOTS (1984-1986)

Sho Kosugi posed with various SK Ninja-To on a number of different occasions for martial arts magazines and other promotional photos.


 

PRAY FOR DEATH (1985)

Sho Kosugi once more wielded the second version of the SK Ninja-To as "The Black Ninja" in the Japanese Ninja TV series of the same name that's featured in the opening sequence, and wielded the third version in his starring role as Akira Saito, which the character forges in the film.


 

MASTER CLASS (1985)

Sho Kosugi once again wielded the third version of the SK Ninja-To.

NINJA THEATER HOSTED BY SHO KOSUGI (1986)

Sho Kosugi once again wielded the third version of the SK Ninja-To.


 

HONDA HURRICANE COMMERCIAL (1986)

Sho Kosugi once again wielded the third version of the SK Ninja-To.

RAGE OF HONOR (1987)

Sho wielded the third version of the SK Ninja-To as Shiro Tanaka.


Not surprisingly, the Sho Kosugi Ninja-To is easily amongst the most asked about things, whenever another fan contacts me.


And even though, much like the ninja in history and in Japanese films and popular culture, Master Kosugi's ninja characters also used other Japanese blades such as the ninja's hidden sword, the shikomizue, as well as the standard katana long-sword, so omnipresent was the SK Ninja-To that some might argue that the few ninja roles that Sho Kosugi portrayed without his trusty trademark ninja sword in hand, seem to be missing an ingredient.


The ninja roles where Sho Kosugi didn't have his SK Ninja-To with him at any point, are as follows:


 

ENTER THE NINJA (1981)

Sho wielded a cruder-looking ninja-to that pre-dated the SK Ninja-To.

BLIND FURY (1989)

Sho wielded a standard katana long-sword in his brief but epic cameo.


 

NINJA SENTAI KAKURANGER (1994)

Sho wielded a tekko-kagi in one hand and a sai in the other as Gali.

THE NINJAS FROM HOLLYWOOD (2001-2002)

Sho wielded a single nunchaku in this stage show that toured Japan.


 

NINJA ASSASSIN (2009)

Sho wielded a katana long-sword as ninja clan leader Ozunu, while his ninja students wielded engraved Ozunu Clan (小角家 Ozunu-ke) Ninja-To.

 


And most recently in his fantastic new 2017 DVD series THE ART OF HOLLYWOOD NINJA ACTION FILM MAKING, available exclusively from MastersMag.com, Sho Kosugi Sensei is pictured with his trademark SK Ninja-To on the DVD cover and in other pictures from the same photo shoot posted on his Instagram account @shokosugiofficial, but he wields a prop katana long-sword made of bamboo like his assistants during his instructions and demonstrations.




Additionally, in a very cool bonus segment at the end of the fourth DVD, Sho shows off a collection of swords and explains the differences between them and their uses. Included are the bamboo swords used in the "Sword Choreography" segment, a number of prop aluminum ninja-to used in fight scenes in his various 80's ninja movies, and of course the infamous SK Ninja-To, last seen on screen 30 years ago in 1987's RAGE OF HONOR.



Looking at all of these appearances of the SK Ninja-To in so many of Sho Kosugi's projects, one has to wonder how it came to be.


In an article in the Sept. 1986 issue of SPIRIT OF NINJA magazine, D.M. Kirkland writes that during filming of ENTER THE NINJA:

   "Kosugi returned to Japan to research the history, weapons and techniques of the legendary Iga and Koga clans."

Also, in an article on the making of REVENGE OF THE NINJA in the February 1984 issue of INSIDE KUNG FU, Lou Salome writes:

   "To further prepare for his role, Kosugi traveled to Japan and researched ninja weaponry."


So with that, before we delve deeper into the specs of the iconic Sho Kosugi Ninja-To, let's look at the ninja-to's origins in Japan and how these earlier ninja-to found in various Japanese museums, highly regarded 1960's Japanese ninja films, books, magazines, and Japanese cultural history theme parks compare, and how they may have influenced the look and dimensions of the screen's most famous and sought after version, the SK Ninja-To.






ORIGINS OF THE NINJA-TO


Established in 1964 in Iga, Mie Prefecture, Japan, the Ninja MUSEUM of Igaryu (伊賀流忍者博物館 Iga-ryū Ninja Hakubutsukan), is a museum dedicated to the history of the ninja and ninjutsu. Located near Iga Ueno Castle, the museum's collection includes ancient ninjutsu documents along with ancient and reproduced ninjutsu weapons.



Prominently featured amongst the wide variety of weapons, tools, costumes, and other items on display in the museum are a number of ninja-to 忍者刀 (aka shinobi-gatana 忍び刀, aka ninja ken 忍者剣).


A photo of the original museum display of the ninja-to was included in an article in the December 1966 issue of Black Belt magazine:



More recent photos from the museum, show that along with the Japanese text describing each item in the museum, an English translation is now included for international visitors.




As seen in the images above, the sign next to the main shinobi-gatana (ninja-to) display describes the sword as follows:


  "A straight sword with a distinct rectangular guard. The sheath of the shinobi-gatana has a triangular end.
  The ninja could climb a fence by driving the sword in the ground and stepping on the guard, leaving no
  evidence by retrieving it by its long sword knot. Although popular, from the closing days of the Tokugawa
  shogunate, the ninja's sword was more a symbol-like item rather than a practical one."


A number of other ninja-to are also on display in the museum, including one on the back of a life-size ninja figure in the front entrance.
And there's also a great display of multiple examples of the ninja's secret hidden sword, the shikomizue 仕込杖 (cane sword).



The sign next to these similarly straight-bladed shikomizue swords describes them as follows:


  "To get past check points, a sword was hidden in a hollowed-out cane as used by travellers or inside a
  priest's staff. A chain, a chain with weights, or blinding power could be stored instead. Other canes could
  be turned into spears."


This description of the shikomizue being a cane where "a sword was hidden" offers perhaps the most convincing answer to the question of where the ninja-to's straight blade originated, and where said blade was placed when a ninja was travelling in disguise.


And speaking of hidden swords, acting as on-site hosts on the museum grounds are kunoichi (female ninjas), who guide visitors through each part of the Iga-ryu Ninja House, showing and demonstrating secret aspects of it such as the dondengaeshi (revolving trapdoor), nukemichi (secret passage), kakushido (hidden door) and katanakakushi (hidden sword):



And finally, in the Ninja Experience Plaza, visitors can watch a Ninja Show where weapons that were used by ninja are demonstrated. Shuriken, swords, and kusarigama are featured in this exciting display:







In the early 1960s, a groundbreaking Jidai-Geki (period drama) series entitled 忍びの者 SHINOBI NO MONO (Ninja Spy), aka "Ninja, A Band of Assassins", was released in Japan. Considered to be the most historically accurate representation of the ninja, this anthology series from the Daiei Company ran for 8 films from 1962-1966, all starring Raizo Ichiwaka.


It's worth noting that swords used by ninja in Japanese period films and TV productions are varied. They are shown to use every Japanese blade of the era, including the standard katana long-sword, the shikomizue, the wakizashi short-sword, the tanto (usually in pairs), and the ninja-to. In what appears to be the first time, the prototypical shorter straight-bladed ninja-to were used extensively in this pivotal series. The swords appear throughout the series along with other swords, both in the hands of star Raizo Ichikawa and in the hands of various other ninja.


Though the ninja-to can be seen in the first storyline (films 1-3, in which Raizo Ichikawa portrays Goemon Ishikawa), it really becomes the most used during the second storyline, which begins with the 4th film 忍びの者 霧隠才蔵 SHINOBI NO MONO: KIRIGAKURE SAIZŌ (Ninja Spy: Saizo Kirigakure), released in 1964. As seen in the promotional photos and screenshots from the film below, the sword used by Raizo Ichikawa (portraying the title character Saizo Kirigakure) and many of the other ninja, matches the dimensions and description of the ninja-to exactly:




Ninja-to were also used in subsequent films in the series, most notably in the direct sequel 忍びの者 続・霧隠才蔵 SHINOBI NO MONO: ZOKU KIRIGAKURE SAIZŌ (Ninja Spy: Saizo Kirigakure Returns), also released in 1964 (2nd picture below), and 新書・忍びの者 SHINSHO SHINOBI NO MONO (New Ninja Spy), released in 1966, the 8th and final film in the series, which featured Raizo Ichikawa portraying Kojiro Kasumi, yet another ninja character, in a completely new and unrelated story (3rd picture below):







Since the SK Ninja-To was also available for purchase from Sho Kosugi Ninja Enterprises Inc. in the 1980s, it's worth looking at the first ninja-to that was imported to the West. As seen in this 1973 mail order ad posted in issues of Black Belt magazine, this early ninja-to is an accurate representation of the sword as previously described and seen in Japan.







Beginning in 1980, Dr. Masaaki Hatsumi, the 34th Grandmaster of Togakure Ryu Ninjutsu and founder of the Bujinkan
Organization, and Stephen K. Hayes, an American who began studying ninjutsu under Hatsumi in 1975, wrote a number of books on the subject that featured the ninja-to and its use, etc...



Similar to the description of the ninja-to (aka shinobi-gatana, aka ninja ken) in the Ninja Museum of Igaryu (a rival ninja organization), Dr. Hatsumi describes the sword as follows:


"The ninja's sword had a short straight single edged blade, and was considered to be his primary fighting tool."

 

"Ninja swords were much shorter than the samurai blades, in order to facilitate fighting in close quarters and moving quickly and silently down narrow corridors and crawl spaces. The blades were often straight slabs of steel with a single ground edge, because many ninja either had no access to or could not afford the work of expert sword-makers, and resorted to forging their own blades in home shops. The important tsuba handguard, often a delicate and prized work of art on samurai family swords, was also most often 'home made' on ninja ken, and usually took the form of a hammered steel square without ornamentation. The ninja sword's scabbard was often longer in length than the blade itself, the extra space in the bottom end of the saya or sheath being used to carry messages, blinding powders or explosives."

- Dr. Masaaki Hatsumi

Ninjutsu, History and Tradition

Unique Publications, 1981


"The shinobi-gatana was little more than a straight slab of heavy steel with a single ground edge;

 

the tsuba was a hammered thick steel square barren of ornamentation, but it could also be used as a

 

prying device or by leaning the sword against a wall or tree as a booster step for climbing; the saya was

 

usually longer than the short blade."

- Dr. Masaaki Hatsumi

Ninja Magazine Winter 1987

Translated by Masaru Hirai






The Koka Ninjutsu Museum (甲賀忍術博物館 Koka Ninjutsu Hakubutsukan) located in Koka, Shiga Prefecture, Japan,
is a museum dedicated to the history and traditions of the Koga-ryu ninja. The museum is part of the Koka Ninja Village (
甲賀の里 忍術村 Koka-no-Sato Ninjutsu-mura), which has three former ninja houses full of traps and secret panels.



As it is with the rival Ninja Museum of Igaryu, the Koka Ninja Museum also has in its collection of ancient scrolls, tools, and weapons, a number of ninja-to 忍者刀 and shikomizue 仕込杖:








The Gifu Castle Museum (岐阜城資料館 Gifu-jō Shiryōkan) located in Gifu, Japan, also houses some ninja-to and other ninja weapons. Originally named Inabayama Castle, both the castle and the city were renamed once Nobunaga Oda took possession in 1567. Oda used ninja scouts who were instrumental in his success at the Battle of Okehazama in 1560.








Other notable places where the ninja-to can be found in Japan are at the Japanese cultural history theme parks that recreate life and culture of the Edo period. One such place is the Edo Wonderland Nikko Edomura (江戸ワンダーランド日光江戸村), located in Nikkō, Tochigi, Japan, where ninja-to wielding ninja randomly appear and perform in stage shows.








EMERGENCE AND LEGACY OF THE S・K NINJA-TO


Now that we've explored the origins of the ninja-to in Japan, let's go back to the beginning of the SK Ninja-To and examine it in greater detail to see how elements, aspects, and characteristics of these swords were incorporated in its design.


On July 9, 1982, SHO KOSUGI NINJA ENTERPRISES INC. was incorporated in California with Sho Kosugi as President and Mikio Sankey as Executive General Manager.


As seen in the full-page ad on the right, printed in the July 1982 issue of Black Belt magazine, the company immediately began to sell various ninja items and weapons, including the very first version of the SK Ninja-To (listed simply as "Ninja Sword").

 

What's amazing is that this ad appeared more than a year before the release of REVENGE OF THE NINJA. That means that anyone who bought this original version of the SK Ninja-To would have done so without even having seen one of these on screen!


It's incredible to discover how ahead of the game Sho and company were, as the ninja craze was just beginning to emerge and wouldn't fully explode until the release of REVENGE OF THE NINJA.


I know what you're thinking. Just $69 for the first SK Ninja-To?! Count me in! There's no doubt that many Sho Kosugi fans would gladly pay this amount and more if the SK Ninja-To was still being manufactured and sold today.


Many of Sho's fans back then were kids, so this would've been something most of us couldn't afford on a kid's allowance.


Of the other items featured in the ad, I had the "Tobigeri" and "Tekagi" posters hanging on my bedroom wall growing up. I also bought the official SK Ninja Uniform directly from SHO KOSUGI NINJA ENTERPRISES INC. via my SHO KOSUGI NINJA FAN CLUB membership. I only wish I had everything else that they were selling back then.


Subsequent ads for the SK Ninja-To in various martial arts magazines listed the price of the sword at $169.95, meaning that the original ad was either a misprint or one heck of a discount for the people fortunate enough to order it via that listing. The ads also revealed more information and some specific dimensions on the sword (albeit with some conflicting information).



The first ad above incorrectly states that the sword had a 27" blade and was 38" overall. These specs must've been for a different sword that the supplier was selling, because the SK Ninja-To (which certainly appears to be the sword that is pictured) was never that long. The specs in the second ad gives the correct 21" for the length of the blade and 43" overall, which may seem long, but this overall length refers to when the sword is in its scabbard (which is substantially longer than the blade).


Other ads and listings in the official SHO KOSUGI NINJA ENTERPRISES INC. catalogs reveal even more details on the SK Ninja-To, accompanied with drawings showing how each of the many components of the sword would have been used. A smaller version for children, known as The Sho Kosugi Plastic Ninja Sword, was also available.





In creating the SK Ninja-To, it's obvious that SHO KOSUGI NINJA ENTERPRISES INC. went to great lengths to stay true to the ninja-to that came before it, and yet they still managed to produce a unique and distinctive sword worthy of its name.

The design of the SK Ninja-To clearly incorporated elements present in the Japanese museum ninja-to and the various other presentations and descriptions of these swords (straight blade, square guard, pointed saya, hidden compartments, etc...).

And for fans of the ninja-to purely from a cinematic stand-point, there appear to have been nods to those swords as well. In particular, the ratio of handle length to blade length on the SK Ninja-To is very similar to the Shinobi no Mono ninja-to, especially the ones wielded by star Raizo Ichikawa, which like the SK Ninja-To, have an extra-long tsuka (handle), a square tsuba (guard), a short straight blade, and a longer than required saya (sheath). As an interesting side note, NINJA ASSASSIN, the film that marked Sho Kosugi's glorious return to ninja movies while paying homage to him and his movies at the same time, also paid homage to the star of the SHINOBI NO MONO films by naming the lead character Raizo.


Some of you may have been surprised to see the SK Ninja-To referred to as having different "versions" in the INTRODUCTION section. At first glance it may seem that they are all exactly the same, but just as it is with models of cars, there were slight differences over the course of its years of production. For example, the original version as seen in REVENGE OF THE NINJA has a plain metal blade with no visible hamon line, which becomes part of the sword in the second version seen for the first time in THE MASTER TV series. The blade length appears to have stayed pretty much the same in each version, but the shape, particularly as it relates to the reduction in width as it reaches the tip of the blade appears to have varied. The wrapping on the tsuka (handle) on the original REVENGE OF THE NINJA version was also a bit different than the subsequent versions of the sword where the "diamond shapes" became smaller. The tsuba (sword guard) also appears to have changed slightly from version to version, both in terms of the width and thickness, and with the slightly rounded edges on the third version seen in PRAY FOR DEATH (Akira Saito's sword) and RAGE OF HONOR. Some other minor cosmetic differences, some due to the fact that each SK Ninja-To was assembled by hand, also factor in. Regardless of "version" though, the SK Ninja-To is a beautiful and striking sword.


Because the company that manufactured all of the SK Ninja-To for Sho Kosugi's movies, TV shows, etc... sold the exact same type of sword to the public, it offered the rare opportunity for fans to own an item like the one their hero used.

Unfortunately, as the 1980's ninja craze faded and Sho Kosugi moved on to non ninja-related projects, it marked the end of SHO KOSUGI NINJA ENTERPRISES INC., which filed its last financial statement on 10/2/1989.

Despite the fact that the SK Ninja-To hasn't been available on the market for 28 years, the desire to own one from fans and collectors remains as high as ever, as evidenced by the number of emails I've gotten over the years asking where to find one.


Sword and Arms & Armoury collector message boards are other places where fans are searching for this hard to find sword. Interestingly enough, some of the SK Ninja-To photos posted on these boards and on the web have some uncommon characteristics. Specifically, swords with blackened (blued) blades, and ones with gray tsuka (handle) wrapping. From the description in the catalog it was clear that each sword was put together mostly by hand, so it's not inconceivable that different colored tsuka cord wrap was used, but the blackened blade seems odd and makes me wonder if these are genuine SK Ninja-To modified by previous owners, or if they might be counterfeit swords?



And speaking of counterfeit or imitation swords, recently new swords modelled after it produced in China have started being sold on Ebay at very high prices:



Some other fans have also taken it upon themselves to have their own Sho Kosugi style Ninja-To made, including this very impressive Custom Sho Kosugi Revenge of The Ninja Sword, SK Saya, and Tanto:



As sharp looking and impressive as these imitation and tribute Sho Kosugi style ninja swords are, they're still not the real McCoy.

There's simply nothing like having a real SK Ninja-To...


The SK Ninja-to is the sword that Cho Osaki vowed was "sealed forever" in REVENGE OF THE NINJA, only to have to go back on that vow in order to avenge the murder of his mother and to rescue his kidnapped son.



The SK Ninja-to is the sword that a badly injured and bleeding Okasa desperately crawls to and grips tightly, as though it is all he needs to heal his wounds in the THE MASTER.



The SK Ninja-to is the sword that the Black Ninja uses to transfer his very life force and possess Christie in NINJA III: THE DOMINATION, and the sword that Yamada uses to force his spirit back into his own body so that he can destroy him once and for all.



The SK Ninja-to is the sword that Spike Shinobi uses to meditate and remember a past ninja mission that ended in failure due to a moment of compassion in 9 DEATHS OF THE NINJA.



The SK Ninja-to is the sword that Akira Saito forges in PRAY FOR DEATH so that he can avenge the brutal rape and murder of his beloved wife, and to defend and protect his sons.



And the SK Ninja-to is the sword that Shiro Tanaka uses to exact revenge on those responsible for the murder of his partner in RAGE OF HONOR.



The SK Ninja-to is of course also the sword of virtually all of the other ninja that Sho Kosugi faces off against in each of these films and TV shows.


But above all else, the SK Ninja-to is the sword of the Master Ninja himself, the great Sho Kosugi.






ADDENDUM


As a huge fan of Sho Kosugi for the last 34 years, ever since I first saw REVENGE OF THE NINJA on my birthday in 1983, the one biggest regret I've always had was that I didn't order a Sho Kosugi Ninja-To from the catalog that came with the Sho Kosugi Ninja Fan Club newsletters. The fact that like many other young fans, I was just a kid/teenager with limited money at the time has always been cold consolation.

If you've read everything up to this point, then it will come as no surprise when I say that what I'm going to reveal next about what has transpired in the last month is beyond a dream come true and an honor I still can't quite believe.

On Tuesday, April 18, 2017, I received an incredible email from the one and only Sho Kosugi, in which he stated that he’d been following my site for a long time and thanked me for my "huge contributions and endless efforts" to follow his movies and other works. He continued by saying that he was "deeply impressed" with my research of his "newspaper articles, magazine articles, interviews, TV shows, and so on". And that he was even "very amazed to see some Japanese materials".

I can’t tell you how much pride I felt after reading that, but the best was yet to come because what he wrote next nearly knocked me over:

     "I would like to offer YOU one of my "personal Ninja-To" which I used it in a movie if you do not mind of
     little old and used. Please send me your address, so I could personally send it to you as the token of my
     deep appreciations to your heartwarming efforts.

     Sincerely Yours,
     Sho Kosugi"

OH MY GOD! Even now I can hardly believe this really happened. Needless to say I emailed Kosugi-sensei back immediately, thanking him profoundly for this amazing and generous gift, telling him that there could be no greater treasure to one of his fans than to have one of his personal SK Ninja-To used by him in one of his many ninja projects.

Exactly a week later, on Tuesday April 25, 2017, I received another email from Kosugi-sensei in which he said that he'd picked up one of his SK Ninja-To, which he'd used in his movies, from storage and had mailed it to me that very morning. Attached was a photo of the US Postal Service receipt, which had Sho’s signature on it. He said he was also sending along a paper (i.e. certificate of authenticity) within a few days stating that it was one of his real genuine Ninja-To which he'd used in his movies. He ended the email by saying "Again, thank you for your heartwarming and endless support."

My excitement and anticipation boiling over at this point, I sent Kosugi-sensei another email thanking him again from the bottom of my heart for this incredible honor and token of recognition, telling him I would be looking for it in the mail every day until it arrived and would let him know as soon as it did.

Saturday, May 6, 2017 proved to be the fateful day that I received this absolutely phenomenal gift. After carefully opening up the long square cardboard box, making sure not to damage it or its contents, I slowly removed the bubble wrap that had protected the screen-used SK Ninja-To on its journey to me, and finally got my first look at this precious iconic sword:



Seeing the SK Ninja-To in person for the first time, it looked exactly how I expected it would, and yet it was a bit different than I thought in a few aspects. As you can see from the photos, even in its used form it's an absolutely beautiful sword. The craftsmanship is fantastic and I love the dimensions of the blade, the tsuba, and the tsuka, and how well balanced it is.

The first thing that surprised me was how much longer and wider the saya is compared to the blade, and it's much heavier and sturdier than I expected as well. And the second thing is the blade itself. On screen and in photos it appears to be completely straight, but it's actually got a very slight almost imperceptible curve to it which continues as the blade width becomes thinner at the tip. Just a perfect sword all around. I absolutely love it!

Normally having nicks and scratches on the blade would drive me nuts, but knowing that these occurred when my childhood idol Sho Kosugi handled and used it while he was making PRAY FOR DEATH and/or RAGE OF HONOR, etc… makes these "battle scars" absolutely beautiful. And speaking of battle scars, the saya features even more of them, something which delights me even more, because unlike the SK Ninja-To which would've been used mostly for close-ups or stationary scenes, the saya would've most certainly been used all the time and would've likely housed both the SK Ninja-To and its various aluminum prop "stand-ins/doubles" that were beat to hell in the sword fights. If only this saya could speak, oh the tales it could tell…



As I told Kosugi-sensei in my email to him shortly after receiving his wonderful gift, I can't express how deeply honored I feel to have this incredible piece of movie history in my hands.

The accompanying letter that Kosugi-sensei also sent me, which I received a couple days before the SK Ninja-To arrived, was written by Kosugi-sensei on his official SHO KOSUGI PRODUCTION INC stationary and begins with:

     "I, Sho Kosugi, would like to verify and certify that the following Sho Kosugi Ninja-To is one of my
     genuine and authentic swords which I, Sho Kosugi, used it in my various movies and commercial,
     such as "Pray for Death", "Rage of Honor", & "Hurricane commercial".

Kosugi-sensei then goes on to graciously address and generously honor me and my fan site directly by saying that "This Ninja-To was given" to me "from Sho Kosugi" for his "deep appreciations" towards my "endless & life contributions and dedication" of my "SHO KOSUGI THE NINJA Fan Site." Dated April 25, 2017 and signed Sho Kosugi.

It just doesn't get any better than that.



For these final pictures of my newly-acquired prized genuine SK Ninja-To, I placed it, along with Kosugi-sensei's certificate of authenticity, atop my REVENGE OF THE NINJA-inspired box of ninja weapons, built by me and my father over 30 years ago:



Having one of the great Sho Kosugi's own personal SK Ninja-To used in his films, is something I would've never even imagined could be possible when I was a teenager watching his films over and over again. But what makes it extra special to me is knowing that Kosugi-sensei took the time to send it to me personally as a token of recognition and appreciation for my efforts to celebrate and honor his works on this fan site. I am truly and deeply honored.


Not even a sword forged by the great Masamune would be more precious to me. Domo arigatō gozaimasu, Kosugi-sensei!



There truly is nothing like having a real Sho Kosugi Ninja-To.