Ninjas complete their missions under cover of night. Can you meet one at an izakaya in Tokyo?

2014.08.25
Ninjas were individual and groups that carried out special missions such as assassinations and spying for powerful people in Japan.
There are various theories about them, but ninjas existed around the 7th century. They were most active during the periods of frequent war from the 15th to the 16th century, and they are said to have supported Japan from the shadows.
There are various theories about them, but ninjas existed around the 7th century. They were most active during the periods of frequent war from the 15th to the 16th century, and they are said to have supported Japan from the shadows.
Ninjas are said to have had their origin in warriors living in mountainous areas with meager opportunities for farming who worked out guerrilla tactics different from those used on flatlands, as well as information gathering skills. In time, like what are today called mercenaries, they began working for the most powerful shogun in each area and spread across Japan. Ninjas were specialists in battle and intelligence activities who learned from childhood techniques for hand-to-hand fighting, sword fighting, intelligence gathering, psychology and intrusion.
They used a wide range of weapons from the famous shuriken to mounted claws called tekkokagi to kusarigama (a sickle and chain). They were also expert in the use of gunpowder, which was rare to people of the time. This is said to have led to the image that "ninjas use black magic."
Ninjas also came in handy for information gathering and psychological warfare to confuse the enemy.
In the Edo Period, when warfare had become uncommon, betrayal by groups of warriors (daimyo) with lots of land and subordinates was a problem for the Tokugawa shogunate, which held power at the time.
To avoid giving these daimyos power, the Tokugawa shogunate would confiscate territories and estates one by one on false pretenses.
It was ninjas' job to find pretexts for these confiscations.
Ninjas are the ones living in the dark, and are the ones hiding themselves into the dark. Just living a normal life, it would be rare to have the opportunity to meet ninjas, or so we thought. But surprisingly, there is an izakaya in Tokyo where you can meet them.
It is NINJA AKASAKA, which is just a few minutes' walk from Akasakamitsuke Station.When you enter the establishment, ninjas appear and pass through revolving doors and then a mazelike ninja estate, which leads them to the floor.
Customers can eat menu items inspired by ninja and see performances inspired by ninjutsu.It is a spot ninja fans should definitely visit.
To the west of Uraharajuku is a street lined with Japanese Zelkova trees. This is Omotesando where the luxury brands set up shop. Within 100m away, it's the closest in proximity to Takeshita St. but the chaos you saw there fades into the shadows and the atmosphere of the street matures in an instant. The women walking the street look like runway models and have a refined atmosphere. This is the optimum area to enjoy a stroll and some relaxing shopping.
『NINJA AKASAKA』
■Address:Akasaka Tokyu Plaza 1F, 2-14-3 Nagatacho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
■Hours:5pm-1am Mon-Sat ; 5-11pm Sun & Holiday
■Closed:Open year-round
 03-5157-3936
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