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Unmasking the Ninja

Talk & Ninjutsu Demonstration

Pop culture has painted the ninja as a deadly assassin clad in black, infiltrating enemies’ castles bristling with dozens of ninja weapons, ready to eliminate their target; rising to fame through traditional plays and books in 1700s Japan and featured in modern global pop culture today, from the James Bond film, You Only Live Twice, to American TV series Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and international famous Japanese manga, Naruto. But how true are these interpretations of ninja?

In this talk, researchers Yuji Yamada and Katsuya Yoshimaru from Japan’s International Ninja Research Center will discuss all things ninja, from their origins and historical roles through to the development of ninjutsu, the art of ninja which pertains not only to combat techniques but also covers philosophy and livelihood; as well as how the pop culture image of ninjas were constructed. The talk will wrap up with a demonstration of ninjutsu by the “last true ninja”, Jinichi Kawakami.

In conjunction with this talk, The Japan Foundation, Sydney’s Eiga Nights will take a look at the popularised ninja hero in film, so catch free one-off screenings of Naruto Shippuden The Movie: The Will of Fire (14 Mar) and Goemon (20 Mar)! Screening starts at 6:30pm.

This talk is presented by The Japan Foundation, Sydney in partnership with the International Ninja Research Center, Mie University.



Wednesday 27 March 2019 from 6.30pm to 8pm
Friday 29 March 2019 from 6.30pm to 8pm


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