If you’ve ever dreamed of being a ninja, here’s your chance to finally have the most badass profession there is.
Central Japan’s Aichi prefecture is on the hunt for highly-skilled, English-speaking ninjas to promote tourism. The listing posted on its website says it is looking for six prospective ninjas with acrobatic and martial arts skills. Tourism representative Satoshi Adachi told the AFP that the newly hired ninjas will receive a one-year contract with monthly pay of 180,000 yen ($1,580) plus bonus.
Its post, titled “Wanted: Full-time Ninjas,” said the city is not looking for someone with stealth skills or previous stealthy assassination experience. Those with a love for Japanese culture and are friendly to kids are preferred. The modern ninjas will be expected to perform choreographed ninja stunts, put on shuriken demonstrations, and pose for photographs with tourists.
“Our ninjas also have to be good at talking to promote tourism, although ninjas are basically required to be secretive,” Adachi said.
He added that they will also “have to be able to do backward handsprings and some dance moves.“
The position will be open to men and women of all nationalities aged 18 or above until March 22. A month-long training course is scheduled to start in April for the successful candidates.
The English-translation of the post:
“【Wanted ! Full-time ninjas 】
Our recruiting information has been reported in the below articles.
Sorry, we don’t have English application page, so please see the below for details.
Application period：Close on Mar.22
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Objective of the group：To promote tourism of Aichi prefecture (Heart of Japan)
Employment status：contract employee
Contract period：May.1, 2016～Mar.31, 2017 (trial period ; Apr,1～30, 2016)
Age：over 18 years old
Working time：Basically 9:00～16:30
※depends on events and location (overtime work possible)
Salary：￥１８０，０００ a month ＋ bonus
Day-off：at least a day per week (basically work on weekends)
Transportation expenses：Paid (your house in Japan~office)
Contents of duties：
・Showing Ninja performance (mainly at Nagoya castle and in various events, including expedition)
・Managing Ninja experience (rental ninja costume, shuriken blade throwing)
・Omotenashi (hand out leaflets, taking photos with guests, guide of tourism of Aichi)
・Promotion Aichi in various media (TV/radio/newspaper/magazine)
Our ideal candidate as a ninja ：
Acrobatic skills or special skills of martial arts, stunts, and so on are preferable. English skill is also needed. Those who wants to communicate with a lot of people, utilizing their own performances, friendly and popular among the children, likes Japanese culture, interested in ninja, and wants to success in the world.
Those who wants to work as a ninja in Aichi prefecture from overseas, you can apply for ninja audition by sending resume (photo required, nationality, career, skills, reason for application) via e-mail by Mar.22. The first screening is documentary examination, and final is audition (interview and demonstration of your performance) which will be held in Nagoya at the end of this month.
We’re afraid you have to come to Nagoya in your own pocket…for the interview, and we appreciate if you could understand it’s necessary to live in Japan(Nagoya) at least for 1 year (Apr.2016～Mar. 2017) when you’ll be adopted as ninja. It means you’ll need working visa and residence card.
If you have any questions, please contact us. Thank you.
This isn’t the first time ninjas have been wanted to entertain tourists in Japan. Last year, Koka Tourism Development, Inc. posted an ad looking for a ninja for their ninja theme park.