As a kid, were you a samurai in your head or a ninja at heart? We all were. What if you could actually be one now?
Having their beginnings in the 12th century, ninjas have been underground protagonists for ages. Encompassing a variety of undertakings ranging from spy service to vandalism, from liquidation to insurgencies, the ninjas have had it all.
The ninjas rose to prominence during the 15th and 17th centuries, but every rise has a fall, and the unification of Japan resulted in a cataclysm for the ninjas.
But no good thing ever dies, and the Japanese ninja legacy has enticed vacationers from all across the world into coming and witnessing real-life ninja feats. However, only a few of these ninja squads are able to perform to the tourists’ satisfaction and do justice to their fantasies.
When questioned by the Asahi Newspaper, Takatsugu Aoki, the manager of the martial arts squad, said: “With the number of foreign tourists visiting Japan on the increase, the value of ninja as tourism content has increased.”
“There are more employment choices, while ninja shows across the country have become popular. I feel there is a ninja shortage.”
The basic credentials of the job are a little expertise in defenseless warfare, combat with swords and arrows, self-invisibility (without an invisibility cloak of course) and gymnastics.
But do you have to worry if said exploits aren’t already on your plate? NO! Nabari and the town of Iga are your places to be. There you will get the training you need. The masters over there train you for elementary battles, level up your sword game, make arrows your right hand and whatnot.
Master Tokugawa Leyasu and Hattori Hanzo are in the limelight, with applications rushing in and all spots being taken up quickly. From 40 locations all across the world, 200 people enrolled themselves in the training, with 35 people from Japan alone. In 2015, two new places started off with training stations. 2017 has, however, seen a drop in the consolidated submission turnout. What are you waiting for?
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