Directed by Paul de Luna - pauldeluna.com
Starring Elena Melnik @ Next Models New York
Stylist: Edda Gudman @ Kate Ryan Inc.
Makeup: Ingeborg @ Opus Beauty using Chanel Spring '12
Hair: Martin-Christopher @ Kate Ryan Inc. for Kérastase Paris
Original score composed by Bryan S. Doring - singlikebuildings.com
Musicians: Double Bass: Eleonore Oppenheim - Flute: Kyungmi Lee - Vocals: May Kosaka, Kyungmi Lee
Video editing by Damien Rodriguez
Photo assistant: Francesco Barion
Special thanks to the Harlem Flophouse - harlemflophouse.com
Shot exclusively for WestEast Magazine 'Love' Issue Winter 2012
A little while ago, I had the privilege to visit the Ninja museum in Iga City. It snowed on and off that day and it was cold. There is a small fee to enter and a female ninja welcomes you in to a house that was a replica of Ninja residence. The house has many secret partitions and passages to fool intruders. Next you descent into a basement where the Ninja’s tools are on display. There are more than 400 different devices and the famous shuriken is also exhibited. Here’s what Wikipedia says about this weapon: “A shuriken (literally: "sword hidden in the hand") is a traditional Japanese concealed weapon that was generally used for throwing, and sometimes stabbing or slashing. They are sharpened hand-held blades made from a variety of everyday items such as needles, nails, and knives, as well as coins, washers, and other flat plates of metal.
Shuriken are commonly known in the West as "throwing stars" or "ninja stars" though they took many different shapes and designs during the time they were used. The major varieties of shuriken are the bō shuriken (棒手裏剣, stick shuriken) and the hira shuriken (平手裏剣, flat shuriken) or shaken (車剣, also read as kurumaken, wheel shuriken).
Shuriken were mainly a supplemental weapon to the more commonly used sword or other various weapons in a samurai warrior's arsenal, though they often played a pivotal tactical role in battle. The art of wielding the shuriken is known as shurikenjutsu, and was mainly taught as a minor part of the martial arts curriculum of many famous schools, such as Yagyū Shinkage-ryū, Tenshin Shōden Katori Shintō-ryū, Ittō-ryū, Kukishin-ryū and Togakure-ryū.”
There is also a museum where you can learn about the Ninjutsu techniques, such as encryption, concealment and disguise.
The “Dojo” features, during the tourist season, live performances by real “Ninja’s”. They engage in Enbu (combat Exhibition) using real weapons typically employed in days gone by.
And last but not least…you can try your hand at trowing Shuriken! Cool…. I am sure you’ll have a fun experience!