There are plenty of things the world needs more of. And in Japan, recent developments suggest that ninjas are among them.
Indeed, a group of Japanese ninja experts has announced plans to open a world ninja museum and academy in Tokyo sometime during 2018.
“The art of ninja is made up of various elements, such as combat, survival techniques, and astronomy,” “the last ninja” Jinichi Kawakami told reporters at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan, according to the Associated Press (AP). “We hope this will appeal to people all over the world.”
The organizers and experts behind the new academy and museum comprise the Japan Ninja Council, a collective composed of ninja experts from almost all of Japan’s municipalities, as well as academics and other ninja-focused organizations.
The group came together in 2015 in hopes of building enthusiasm about ninjas worldwide. According to the AP, it hopes that the museum and academy will help boost tourism in the country.
The project is partly funded through a Japan-wide campaign called “Cool Japan,” which is — as its name suggests — all about letting the world know how cool Japan is.
The Ninja Council seems to be pretty serious about that mission. The council has already created an official logo to certify products and movies that they believe will support what they call the “ninja business.”
What’s first on the certification list? The paper shuriken — or the star-shaped throwing weapons that can also be used to send messages.
They likewise plan to train “ninja ambassadors” to help spread knowledge about the culture in other countries — for instance, the fact that traditional ninja garb is not black but navy blue.