Ninja Council is formed to kick up tourism

Mar 9, 2015

Ninja Council is formed to kick up tourism

Officials are enlisting one of Japan’s best-known historical figures — the ninja — to encourage tourism. Governors and mayors from prefectures around the country traded their usual bland suits for ninja costumes Sunday to announce the launch of the Ninja Council. The council sees ...

Ninja promote 'cool' vending machines

Feb 19, 2015

Ninja promote 'cool' vending machines

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To lure foreign tourists, especially Chinese arriving in large numbers for the Lunar New Year holiday, JR East is promoting Japan’s cutting-edge vending machine technology at JR Akihabara Station in Tokyo, with staff dressed in ninja and kimono outfits. JR East Water Business Co. ...

Do you have what it takes to become a ninja?

Oct 17, 2014

Do you have what it takes to become a ninja?

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From Oct. 1, the Hanayashiki Ninja Dojo started offering lessons in the way of the ninja. While participants won’t exactly become fully fledged assassins, there is a strong chance that laughter will sneak up on them. The training sessions consist of four parts: sword ...

Sep 7, 2014

Ninja symposium in Beijing touted to heal diplomatic rifts in Asia

An international symposium on ninja has been held in Beijing with the aim of promoting mutual understanding between Japan, China and South Korea. The symposium, held at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences’ Institute of Japanese Studies on Saturday, was attended by researchers that ...

Jan 15, 2014

Japanese 'ninja pickpocket' arrested in Rome metro

Police in Rome have arrested a 35-year-old Japanese man suspected of picking the pockets of numerous subway passengers, Italy’s ANSA news agency reported. The man, dubbed the “ninja of the metro,” was arrested Sunday while allegedly trying to steal a mobile phone from a ...

On the trail of ninja in Iga's shadowy past

May 12, 2013

On the trail of ninja in Iga's shadowy past

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The bright-pink ninja-emblazoned train isn’t exactly the epitome of stealth as it cuts through the forested hills and rice paddies of Mie Prefecture. Neither are visitors’ pint-size offspring who race excitedly up the paths of Ueno Park in the city of Iga shrieking their ...