Mie University, Iga open ninja research center

National Jul 13, 2017

Mie University, Iga open ninja research center

A state-run university and a municipal government in Mie Prefecture are trying to dig deeper into the lives and history of the ninja, the warriors and mercenaries of feudal Japan, with academic and scientific approaches. Mie University and the city of Iga, the birthplace of ...

Japan city taps ninja legend to woo overseas tourists

National Apr 7, 2017

Japan city taps ninja legend to woo overseas tourists

by Satoshi Iizuka

Ninja, Japan's feudal mercenaries, are mainly known abroad as the stuff of legend and intrigue, while modern-day incarnations in Asia have gained widespread popular appeal through mediums such as anime and manga, or games and movies. But tourists traveling to Japan who wish to familiarize ...

Rugby star Goromaru receives 'Master of Ninja' award

National 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 as ...

Ninja promote 'cool' vending machines

National Feb 19, 2015

Ninja promote 'cool' vending machines

by Shusuke Murai

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. has ...