Why Did Ninjas Carry Crickets or Cicadas?

In feudal Japan, a ninja, also known as a shinobi, was a covert agent or mercenary. A ninja’s duties included reconnaissance, espionage, infiltration, deception, ambush, bodyguarding, and martial arts fighting skills, including ninjutsu. Why do they need to carry crickets or cicadas if they have these abilities?  Ninjas carried a small box of crickets or …

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