Koka Area

Shiga, Kansai

Birthplace of the Ninja

In the 15th century, a clan of half-farmers half-soldiers (dogō) started strengthening their control over local land.
In 1487, the dogō of Koka who successfully infiltrated the base camp of Ashikaga Yoshihisa's shogunate army at Magari (now Ritto City) were called "the 53 warrior families of Koka," or "the 21 families of Koka."
The 53 families became known as "Koga Ninjas," and are said to have later fought in battles all across Japan using their extraordinary techniques, eventually surviving Japan's war period.

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