Compound of 変わり (kawari, “substitute”) + 身 (mi, “body”).
変わり身 (hiragana かわりみ, romaji kawarimi)
- (sumo) a quick shift of position
- flexibility in adapting one's words and deeds to changing circumstances
- A ancient ninja art revolving around misdirection and the split-second timing of a switch between a 'body' and a location, or between two or more bodies: A technique utilized by ninja in ancient Japan, involving the ninja and anything that can be mistaken for them, (such as a dummy or a mannequin.)
- 変わり身の術 (kawarimi-no-jutsu)
- 変身 (へんしん, henshin)
- 分身 (ぶんしん, bunshin)