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The fact he's in white certainly suggests it ought to be snow... I saw that MB episode. Absolutely hilarious! Only thing troubling me then is, shouldn't the tops at least of the "snow shoes" be painted white --- to blend in WITH the snow? That brown suggests the dirty swampy water that the Myth is based on -- i.e. found in moats around castles?

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Those things were used to prevent sinking into muddy and shallow waters in rice paddies, weren't they? It's pretty cool, still...and you can always paint them white if necessary....or give them to another ninja and preserve the myth....
 

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seriously, those flippers really float and enabled ninjas to walk on water?
One of he Osprey books on ninjas shows an illustration of them, as well as other items for navigating water, but lists this type as the least effective. I'll have to dig it out an list the title and the exact quote.
 

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I have to correct my previous post. While the illustration shows three ninjas on water using different devices; one of which are the water spiders that come with this figure, the caption states that they (the water spiders) were intended for swampy ground, not water.

That's from Stephen Turnbull's Warriors of Medieval Japan pages 165 and 183.
 

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I have to correct my previous post... the caption states that they (the water spiders) were intended for swampy ground, not water.

That's from Stephen Turnbull's Warriors of Medieval Japan, pages 165 and 183.
That makes more sense... Broad footprint means greater "flotation," just as in snow... Which begs the question were these ALSO used in snow, or, at least something like them?

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That makes more sense... Broad footprint means greater "flotation," just as in snow... Which begs the question were these ALSO used in snow, or, at least something like them?

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I don't believe they were used for snow. The book makes no mention of it being used as such. They are also called "water spiders" and "mud shoes". The Japanese word is "Mizugumo". Based on that info, while it may look as though they could be used so, I think the name is very telling. At least that's the best information that I have.

Check out these links:

http://travel.webshots.com/photo/2692154170061496857dDpaIE

http://web-japan.org/museum/others/ninja/ninja02/tools02.html

http://www.mythbustersfanclub.com/mb2/content/view/223/27/

It seems that if they had a dual use, it would have been mentioned. I hope that helps. But I am by no means any kind of ninja expert - not even an amature know it all.
 
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