There are likely very few people alive today who can lay claim to being a professional ninja, but John Patrick Jandernoa is one of them.

While it's not the kind of profession you'd stumble upon while job hunting in Japan, it was on a whim that the 26-year-old American decided to give it a shot.

Lying in a Kyoto hostel one afternoon while on vacation in 2017, the Michigan-born dancer came to the realization his brief encounter with Japan was quickly drawing to an end.