In an effort to boost tourism, Japan’s Aichi Prefecture has put out an advert for six full-time ninjas with acrobatic and language skills for a ¥180,000 (£1,100) per month job.
The job advert poster states that ideal candidates should be ones that “enjoy being under the spotlight, even though he or she is a secretive ninja”. Best of all? You don’t even need to speak Japanese. Satoshi Adachi, part of the prefectural government’s tourism promotion unit said that “non-Japanese individuals passionate about history and tourism are welcome as the troupe will sometimes perform in English”
Ninja = Nin(perseverance, patience) Ja=(practitioner) enjoy a mysterious past with very little documented about them. The illusive warriors came from the common-folk, farmers and sometimes ex-samurai warriors earned a reputation as highly effective combatants by employing tactics that others considered to be dishonorable.
Adachi said applicants “have to be able to do backward handsprings and some dance moves” and to help pass yourself off as the ancient warriors, you’ll receive a month of intense training starting in April.
Successful applicants will perform acrobatics, perform demonstrations with the trademark shuriken (ninja stars) and post for holiday snaps with tourists.
Applications are open until 22nd March to men and women over the age of 18.