This picture taken on July 16, 2014 shows members of pantomime group Gabez clad in a samurai (R) and ninja (L) costums performing at Asakusa shrine in Tokyo during a press preview for the new bus tour to enjoy ninja acts on the street and the ancient shrine. Japan's travel agency JTB will start the new entertainment bus tour with ninja performance in Tokyo from next month. AFP PHOTO / Yoshikazu TSUNO / AFP / YOSHIKAZU TSUNO
Japan to hold ‘ninja certification’ test in Tokyo
INQUIRER.net / 05:42 PM October 20, 2017
Japan takes the art of “ninjutsu” so seriously that it will hold an examination for aspiring ninjas on Oct. 22.
For the first time, the annual ninja test for admission to the Koga-ryu School of Ninjutsu will take place inside theZojo-ji, a Buddhist temple in Tokyo.
The test, which is open to aspirants fifth grade and up, will last for 30 minutes and will cover everything about the esteemed school, according to At Press via Kotaku.
Applicants will be subjected to 50 entry-level multiple-choice questions, which include assessment and ability to throw the Japanese concealed weapon “shuriken.”
Bonus points will also be awarded based on the quality of the examinee’s ninja outfit, the report said.
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