PHOTO: Japan's ninja museum sounds amazing. (Photo via Flickr/Pat McGrath)
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The Associated Press reports Japan is about to drop a ninja museum on the world and walk away, changing our entire future vacation schedule forever.
The first part of the report that we absolutely adore is the fact that The Japan Ninja Council is about to start a Ninja Academy. In our minds, this is akin to a Jedi Order starting a padawan camp in the hope of bringing balance to the force.
The council isn’t a group of wise ninjas training the younger generation for battle, rather a collective of experts that are teaching a younger generation about the history and legacy of ninjas. The council, more than training others in this iconic art, is set to open a national museum in its honor in 2018.
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Jinichi Kawakami is master at the Koga ninja school and states, via AP: “The art of ninja is made up of various elements, such as combat, survival techniques and astronomy. We hope this (future museum) will appeal to people all over the world."
Last March, we reported on Aichi prefecture’s renewed push to embrace ninja culture specifically to bolster tourism in the area.
On a larger scale, this museum will echo that sentiment, offering a spot for locals and tourists to immerse themselves in this beloved part of Japanese culture.
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Kawakami continued that the campaign was about more than just embracing foreign interest but also nurturing what has made Japan such a great country.
The man known as “the last ninja” states, “It is also about respect to our ancestors.”
The Tokyo museum should be in place well before the city hosts the 2020 Olympics, offering tourists yet another destination they simply have to put on the itinerary.