Aichi Prefecture, a region in the Japanese island of Honshu, is currently hiring six full time ninjas to help promote tourism.
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The area is best known as a manufacturing hub and is mildly famous for historic Nagoya Castle, but now it wants to attract visitors with the lure of half a dozen shit-kicking, stealthy ninjas. The pay: 180,000 Yen (around £1,105) per month. The requirements for the role are as follows:
Must have a way with words and the ability to do backward handsprings.
Not a bad way to earn a living if you’re agile enough — and it probably beats tarting around on the Ninja Warrior obstacle course with Chris Kamara waffling in your ear to fulfil those feudal desires — plus apparently there’s a bonus scheme if you’re really good.
Satoshi Adachi of the Prefectural Government’s Tourism Promotional Unit had this to say:
Our ninjas also have to be good at talking to promote tourism, although ninjas are basically required to be secretive. They will also have to be able to do backward handsprings and some dance moves.
Apparently Aichi was rife with ninjas back in ancient times, but they were actual assassins with deadly hands – this new wave of ninjas are, not so stealthily, part of a ploy to get more punters into the country ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics — it’s still pretty cool though and all fun and games until some takes a shuriken to the eye.
If you’re looking for a career change, the island is recruiting until 22nd March — so if you fancy a career change and you can do a cartwheel without tearing your groin, you might just be in with a chance.
P.S. Pro tip = be better than these Mexican Wrestling Ninja Turtles.