Japan produced its first graduate for its first ever ninja studies.
Genichi Mitsuhashi, 45, completed the master’s course at Mie University in central Japan. The region is recognized as the home of the ninjas.
The graduate spent two years in honing his martial arts skills and learning finer traditions of the feudal martial arts agents, a report said.
Mr. Mitsuhashi said in an interview that he sincerely learned the “practical aspect of being a ninja to heart.”
“I read that ninjas worked as farmers in the morning and trained in martial arts in the afternoon,” he shared.
During his two-year study, he said he conducted research of historical documents and participated in offered courses in a physical classroom set-up.
He also grew vegetables and worked on his martial arts techniques, just how a typical ninja lived back then.
Mr. Mitsuhasi also learned kung fu and a Japanese martial art known as Shorinji Kempo. He uses this knowledge at his own dogo. In addition, he also runs an inn to help him pursue his PhD in the same program that will be opened next year.
In 2017, Mie University world’s first research center devoted to the ninja. It opened a graduate course in the following year.
Applicants for the program must take an exam on Japanese history and a reading test on historical ninja documents.