Not the typical venue for action-driven ninjas, but Paris will be expecting a number of ninjas to perform at the Japan Expo this year. The Ashura Ninja Clan, based from the city of Iga in Mie Prefecture, will have five members to demonstrate ninja skills at the Paris-Nord Villepinte Exhibition Center from July 4 to 7.
Ashura, named after the god of war, is a well-known group of ninjas in Japan, as well as in other countries. The members have already performed in other countries like China, Spain, South Korea, Taiwan, and the United States. Their show in Washington D.C. back in April last year was a success and gained them popularity. The five members’ appearance in Paris will be their first time to perform together.
The Japan Expo has been an annual even in the romantic capital since 2000, and featured Samurai culture in 2012. Buke-Bunka Kenkyukai, a Nagoya-based study group, was responsible for bringing Samurai performers and craftsmen during the expo. With the reception received last year, the organizer of the convention has requested them to also “send ninja.”
Ninja culture will also be featured in this year’s Japan Expo. The five members of Ashura will have three main performances in the main venue, where as many as 15,000 people can attend. The group will also have four small performances in a venue where about 400 people can watch. Those who want to attend the Japan Expo this year can expect the ninja perform using ninja weapons like kama (sickle), kumade (ninja-rakes), and shuriken (throwing knives). “We want to show how skillful ninja are by performing shows no one has ever seen,” promised Kazuki Ukita, a 53-year old representative of the Ashura Ninja Clan.
[via Asahi Shimbun]