‘Ninja house’ hopes to pounce on tourist reopening

A Tokyo company is preparing to welcome foreign tourists again eager to learn the art of ninja. NHK World’s Honda Mina tells how “Ninja Trick House in Tokyo” offers visitors a chance to learn how to be a stealthy assassin.

The owner, Yumoto Tomoyuki, says he looks forward to the return of foreign tourists.

He said, “I hope it will be a chance to get back to normal. I hope overseas families, especially with children, come back and have fun.”

After opening six years ago, Yumoto says his ninja education business has attracted people from all over the world.

He said: “We were full from morning until closing time. We often guided clients in four or five languages ​​at the same time.

But the pandemic has cast a shadow over the business and it has been difficult to see even one booking per day. The Ninja Trick House hopes to welcome its first foreign tourists soon, but public health is still the top priority.

The manuals provided to customers are written in more than 10 languages. They contain easy-to-understand pictograms, telling visitors to follow the rules, such as wearing masks.
With frequent disinfection, customers handling deadly looking ninja tools are protected from COVID.

The owner also said, “I’m very hopeful. Japan has topped a global list of tourist destinations for the first time. I think it’s amazing, and I look forward to continuing to run the business.”

Before the pandemic, more than 30 million foreign tourists visited Japan. Only a small fraction will arrive this week.

But the tourism industry is hoping this is the start of big things.