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Ninja Aichi

Although the time to apply for a job as a samurai performing in Aichi Prefecture has already passed, there's still time to apply to the prefecture's ninja positions since the prefecture's tourism board is accepting applications until March 22, 2016.

Similar to Aichi’s samurai-themed Nagoya Hospitality Generals Brigade, the Hattori Hanzo Ninja Squad, which also operates under the name Hattori Hanzo and the Ninjas, is a Nagoya-based group that makes live appearances to promote tourism to the Aichi area and Japan in general to both domestic and overseas travelers. As a ninja, your work tasks will include putting on awesome martial arts stage shows...

and appearing at live events to greet fans, meet with the press and instruct kids in proper shuriken throwing technique.

At ¥180,000 (US$1,614) a month, the Hattori Hanzo Ninja Squad starting salary is identical to that of the Nagoya Hospitality Generals Brigade. The Ninja Squad also looks to be an equal opportunity employer. Not only does the group include kunoichi (female ninja)...

the applications are open to non-Japanese would-be ninja as well.

A high degree of athleticism and acrobatic talent are of course prerequisites for the job, as are these comically contradictory, yet totally justified, personality traits:

• A desire to be in the spotlight, even though you’re a stealthy ninja
• A fondness for talking with others, even though you’re wearing a mask and hood
• A kind heart, even though you’re carrying a sword

If you meet the criteria, and you think you’d look good in black, applications can be found here, and will be accepted until March 22. While the application and job description are both in Japanese, you can check out their Facebook page that explains the job description in English.

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