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If sushi, sakura cherry blossoms and Mt. Fuji are representative icons of Japan, ninja should probably be in the same category, as movies and anime inspired by the athletically gifted Japanese spies have garnered quite a bit of popularity around the world, serving as the basis for such characters as Naruto and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Iga, in western Mie Prefecture, is the birthplace of the Igaryu (Iga clan) Ninja, one of the two main ninja clans; the other being the Kogaryu from Shiga Prefecture.

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