In Edo period Japan, the jitte was a substitute for a badge and represented someone on official business and was carried by all levels of police officers, including high-ranking samurai police officials and low-rank samurai law enforcement officers, (called okappiki or doshin). Other high-ranking samurai officials carried a jitte as a badge of office, including hotel, rice and grain inspectors (aratame). The jitte is the subject of the Japanese martial art of Jittejutsu.
Appearances in TMNT
- A jitte is among the weapons utilized by Kojima in Samurai Tourist.
- A jitte is seen embedded in the Turtles' punching bag in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012 TV series).