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A Trip to Ninja Country: Three Museums Dedicated to the Master Spies

Iga and Kōka, two cities in western Japan, are celebrated for their association with ninja. Visitors today can learn more about these legendary figures and reenact some of their deeds at museums here.

Beyond Fiction: The Real Ninja

Recent research aims to uncover what the ninja were really like, using historical methodology to establish an authentic picture.

Mie University Taps Ninja Studies as Entrance Exam Subject (News)

Tsu, Mie Pref., Aug. 23 (Jiji Press)—Mie University is slated to allow graduate school applicants hoping to major in ninja studies to choose the academic field as an examination subject from next year. People hoping to engage in ninja research at the university's Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences have been required to select Japanese history in written entrance examinations. …

Ninja Research Center to Be Established in Central Japan (News)

Iga, Mie Pref., May 9 (Jiji Press)—Japan's Mie University is planning to establish the world's first center for comprehensive research on ninja in July. The international research center, to be located in Iga in central Japan's Mie Prefecture, will compile a database of ninja-related information from within and outside the country. The database is aimed at covering not only written studies but …


Ninja are famous as masters of spycraft, but their image has been much embellished over the years. The real ninja were mainly active during the tumultuous fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, acting as scouts in battles between feudal lords.

Farewell, Naruto: The Curtain Closes on the World’s Best-Loved Ninja

On November 10, 2014, the manga series Naruto ended its 15-year run in the weekly Shōnen Jump. We spoke with Kishimoto Masashi, author of this work beloved in Japan and around the world, about his thoughts on the series and what lies ahead for him as an artist.

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