I’ll take the trip and train, who’s with me?? – https://kotaku.com/japan-is-experiencing-a-ninja-shortage-1797850094
The country that made ninja famous is currently experiencing a shortage of their stage variety. There are not enough ninja performers in Japan.
Nippon Television (via Livedoor) reports that local ninja shows don’t have enough performers to entertain the crowds. Of course, Japanese children have long been interested in ninja, but with foreign tourism higher than it’s ever been, ninja are experiencing a flurry of interest.
At Ninja Village Hizenyumekaidou in Saga Prefecture, for example, there are currently only three ninja on staff for the stage show. “We want ninja,” said one of the resident ninja.
Since these are stunt performers, one of the biggest issues causing the ninja shortage isn’t a lack of training, but, according to the Nippon Television segment, the actors’ salary. It’s reportedly hard to make a living only doing ninja shows.
To meet all the needs of the tourists expected to visit by 2020, when the Tokyo Olympics are held, the Japan Ninja Council is working to address the issue. Says Takeishi, “I think it might be difficult.”
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