Ninja-seeking Japanese region inundated with overseas applications

Mar 25, 2016

Ninja-seeking Japanese region inundated with overseas applications

Hundreds of aspiring ninjas from abroad have overwhelmed tourism officials in Japan looking to hire six full-time secret assassins, massively outnumbering local applicants. Aichi Prefecture is hiring a troupe of ninjas — the martial-arts masters and stealth assassins of feudal times immortalized in history ...

Aichi advertising for full-time ninjas in tourism push

Mar 13, 2016

Aichi advertising for full-time ninjas in tourism push

Wanted: six full-time ninjas who have a way with words and can do backward handsprings. Pay: about ¥180,000 a month. Aichi Prefecture said it is hiring full-time ninjas — the martial-arts masters and stealth assassins of feudal times — to promote tourism in an ...

Rugby star Goromaru receives 'Master of Ninja' award

Dec 16, 2015

Rugby star Goromaru receives 'Master of Ninja' award

Rugby star Ayumu Goromaru was likened to a ninja Wednesday as he was given an award by a nationwide organization promoting the culture of the ancient spies. The Japan Ninja Council said it decided to give the 29-year-old fullback its “Master of Ninja” award ...

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 ...