Japan looks to tap into fading Ninja culture to boost tourism

Ninja-themed restaurants and parks are popping up across Japan thanks to a booming tourism industry. But meeting the demand of people wanting to see Ninjas is proving difficult.

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

The increase in the number of tourists has also created a big demand for people wanting to see 'Ninja shows', Saizo Tsunoda, a veteran Ninja performer, says.

Ninjas, the black-clad assassins known for secrecy and stealth, have now become a national myth in Japan. 

They were originally trained as undercover agents in the Samurai era. Although they don't exist as spies anymore, their legacy lives on.  

Ninja-themed restaurants and parks are popping up across Japan as authorities look to further boost a soaring tourism industry ahead of the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. 

The increase in the number of tourists has also created a big demand for people wanting to see 'Ninja shows', Saizo Tsunoda, a veteran Ninja performer, says.

But catching a glimpse of the legendary warriors may not be that easy.

TRT World’s Mayu Yoshida reports from Tokyo, Japan.

 

 

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