The Ninja diet was a form of military rations historically consumed by ninjas. The types of rations consumed included suikatsugan (水渇丸, 'thirst pill'),[1][2] hyōrōgan (兵糧丸, 'provisions pill'),[3][4][5] kikatsugan (飢渇丸, 'starvation pill'),[2][6] hoshii (糒しい, 'dried boiled rice'),[7][8] and katayaki (かた焼き, 'hard-baked', a type of traditional senbei).[7][9]

Bansenshukai hunger pills


According to Hakim Isler, the 3 most common food pills were Suikatsugan, Hyorougan and Kikatsugan.[10]

  • Hyorougan ("ration pills") was made of glutinous rice, ordinary rice, lotus seed, Chinese yam, cinnamon, adlay, Asian ginseng and sugar.[4][11] Other source say that Hyorougan was made from wheat powder, saké, sticky rice and carrots.[7] According to Hakim Isler, they were made of non-glutinous rice, lotus fruits, yams, ginseng and crystal sugar.[10]
  • Kikatsugan ("hunger pills"), or starve pill, was designed to help the ninjas when in starvation, being made from glutinous rice, sake, dried chickweed, ginseng, buckwheat, adlay and yams.[10]
  • Suikatsugan ("thirst pills") were made with pickled plum (umeboshi), buckwheat flour, and yams.[1]

See also



  1. ^ a b "Suikatsugan Pills - Ninja Database [English]".
  2. ^ a b Farivar, Michel (2013-05-09). Ninja Tools and Weapons. White Cat Publications.
  3. ^ Fujie, Kazuhisa; Lane, Matthew; Wyman, Walt (2006-01-01). The Naruto Saga: The Unofficial Guide. DH Publishing Inc. ISBN 9781932897166.
  4. ^ a b designthemes (1 December 2016). "Hyorogan Military Rations - Classical Martial Arts Research Academy".
  5. ^ Cummins, Antony; Minami, Yoshie (2013-07-01). Iga and Koka Ninja Skills: The Secret Shinobi Scrolls of Chikamatsu Shigenori. History Press. ISBN 9780752497327.
  6. ^ "Ninja's special food".
  7. ^ a b c Yoda, Hiroko; Alt, Matt (2013-12-18). Ninja Attack!: True Tales of Assassins, Samurai, and Outlaws. Tuttle Publishing. ISBN 9781462908820.
  8. ^ Brinkley, Frank & Kikuchi (1912-01-01). A History of the Japanese People From the Earliest Times to the End of the Meiji Era. Library of Alexandria. ISBN 9781465513045.
  9. ^ "The incredible Camp of Ninja". Retrieved 2017-01-03.
  10. ^ a b c Isler, Hakim (2021-05-25). Ninja Wilderness Survival Guide: Surviving Extreme Outdoor Situations (Modern Skills from Japan's Greatest Survivalists). Tuttle Publishing. ISBN 978-1-4629-2237-6.
  11. ^ "Faculty of Humanities, Law and Economics Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Mie University". Retrieved 2017-01-03.