Anyone fascinated by ninja culture and in possession of a warrior spirit can learn what it takes to become a modern-day fighter spy at a camp in Iga, east of Osaka. Hopefuls are told they will be schooled in skills essential to ninjitsu warfare, such as the arts of espionage, sabotage and infiltration.
To begin with, novices are invited to select robes which come in a range of colours, reports the EPA news agency. Then they are tested with various training exercises. Some, you might imagine, are intrinsic to life as a ninja, such as star-throwing target practice and scaling vertical walls. Others, including crawling along a rope and hauling yourself across a river, would not look out of place at a fitness bootcamp or a children’s adventure weekend. There may be no better place to train however. Iga, where the camp is located, has a proud ninja history stretching back to the 15th century. It was here, on plains protected by mountains, that many ninjas – a more working class warrior than the samurai – rose to become the Iga-ryu, a force of clans to be reckoned with in feudal Japan.
There is a museum in town (iganinja.jp/en/) containing centuries-old ninja texts and shows are put on for tourists to demonstrate traditional assassination methods used by the ninja. There is also a shop where the whole family can deck themselves out in ninja dress.
The writer doesn't recognize confusion of myths and facts.
The problem is, because Iga depends economy on Ninja tourism, they promote fictional Ninja and tend to confuse historical facts. And seems like the local historians are cooperatint with it.