The night before we went to our Ninja Class in Tokyo
, I asked my kids what they most wanted to do. They shouted, "Throw ninja stars!" I laughed and tried to prep them, saying, "I'm sure that they would never let tourists do something that could make them hurt themselves like that." Well, I was wrong. We learned how to throw traditional "stars" as well as the more popular nails (easier to conceal), as well swordfight, and play the Japanese "banjo" at the school run by a woman who was the descendent of a "real ninja." She showed us the slim sword concealed in her walking stick and also recounted the story of stabbing a flasher on the subway with her hairclip. In the photo, my daughter wears the traditional armor because she won the blowdart contest.