Sunday, October 15, 2017

Ninja Proficiency Test

On October 22, for the first time, the ninja proficiency test will be held at Zojoji, the Tokugawa shogunate family temple in Tokyo instead of the usual place in Koka, western Japan. The test measures the knowledge of the Koka clan of ninja, which had close ties to the founder of the shogunate. 


A ninja is said to have helped Tokugawa Ieyasu, the founder of the Tokugawa shogunate in 1582. After the Honnoji Incident in Kyoto in 1582, which resulted in the death of warlord Oda Nobunaga, Ieyasu fled from Osaka to his home in Mikawa (present day Aichi Prefecture) by traveling mountainous areas with the help of ninja from the Koka clan. This year's Koka clan ninja test will have 50 entry-level multiple-choice questions, followed by an assesment of the participants' skill with shuriken throwing stars. 



The multiple choice questions will cover activities of the Koka ninja from the late 15th to the late 16th centuries, as well as authors of ninja-related novels and manga. Test takers who wear ninja attire get additional points. 


Test takers are limited to the first 200 who apply and the cost is 3000 yen.  Who wants to be a ninja? Here's your chance.

9 comments:

I am said...

Hi Pamela when i was younger i loved watching the ninja movies and i still do enjoy watching them though i havent seen a ninja movie for a long time ,hope you have a lovely day my friend xx

kiwikid said...

Not sure I want to be a ninja!! That ninja on the right looks more like he is ready to pull out a six shooter to me!! Lol!!

Brigitte said...

This must be very exciting for those who love these ninja traditions.

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Carol- Beads and Birds said...

Cool!!

Sarah said...

Darn. I've already got plans that day. LOL. I'm sure lots of people are very excited to take the ninja test!

Glenda said...

I think it must have been a tough life for them all ways in hiding and ready to give their lives for their warlords. Their skills were incredible. Enjoy your day Pamela and thanks for sharing. Glenda

Queeniepatch said...

I'm not acrobatic enough to become a ninja, besides I'd much rather work with needles, pins and scissors than 'throwing stars' at people!

Leonore Winterer said...

That's cool! Think we can get them to add a 'needle ninja' category?