Japan’s tourism industry is absolutely booming, more people than ever are flocking to the country to experience its food, culture and oddly blurred genitalia. However, some are concerned that the sudden demand for ninjas has gotten so high that there simply aren’t enough to entertain the influx of people visiting the country.
Japan’s evolving tourism industry has led to the creation of dozens of ninja-themed attractions, theme parks and restaurants across the country. Which unfortunately means that many of these ninja-themed attractions are struggling to attract ninjas with even the most basic skill set.
Those skills apparently come from a pretty bad-ass list which was compiled as early as the 11th century and ranges from stealth, using explosives and mastering the art of using the weather as a weapon.
“With the number of foreign tourists visiting Japan on the increase, the value of ninja as tourism content has increased”, Takatsugu Aoki, manager of the ninja squad for Nagoya-based advertising agency Sankosha Co., told the Asahi newspaper. “I feel there is a ninja shortage,” he said.
The decline of the ninja in 2017 is a very different story to last year when more than 230 people from all over the world answered an advert to join the Tokugawa Ieyasu and Hattori Hanzo Ninja Squad for a one-year contract.
However, this year, the squad only received 22 applications, despite the application period being extended and the Japanese language requirement being dropped.
Perhaps people are being dissuaded by the consensus that ninjas are super-human demi-gods that can run on walls and use the weather to kill a man. Obviously, that’s not the case so if you’re keen to follow your life-long dream of dressing in all black at a tourist attraction, give it a whirl.
Source and image: Vice