Monzaemon Chikamatsu (近松モンザエモン, Chikamatsu Monzaemon; ; ; ) is the inventor of the art of puppetry. Originally using puppets as a source of entertainment, Chikamatsu worked diligently with several shinobi to convert the talent into a unique form of combat. Eventually, he created the Puppet Technique, in which chakra strings are used to control puppets.
Being the creator of the technique, Chikamatsu was the very first puppet master, and as such he created the White Secret Technique: Ten Puppet Collection of Chikamatsu (白秘技・十機近松の集, Shiro Higi: Jikki Chikamatsu no Shū; ; ; ). The puppets, reportedly strong enough to take down an entire castle, were designed to work together and as such were much more powerful than the standard puppet. One such example is the puppets' use of Three Buddhist Treasures Vacuum Destruction (三宝吸潰, Sanbō Kyūkai; ; ; ), which consists of the combining of three puppets to create a vortex that sucks in everything in range. Each of the ten puppets is controlled by a single chakra string from one of the user's ten fingers. It is unknown how Chiyo acquired them, but she is skilled in their use, as seen when she uses them against Sasori. These puppets were destroyed during the battle with Sasori's one hundred puppets.