Chinese-subbed Japanese music video for Tsuki no Ookisa (lit. Size of The Moon) from pop group Nogizaka46’s upcoming Barrette single album. It’s the new opening song for the popular Naruto anime series, hence the samurai-ninja theme.
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Ninjas were historically spies or mercenaries in feudal Japan who were skilled in espionage, deception and surprise attacks. They featured often in pop culture these days.
Trailers for Hollywood movie The Wolverine, the latest of the X-Men franchise. Hugh Jackman reprises his role as Logan aka Wolverine, who travels to Japan and battle ninjas and samurai while having his healing ability suppressed by enemies.
Other co-stars include Tao Okamoto, Rila Fukushima, Hiroyuki Sanada, Svetlana Khodchenkova, Will Yun Lee, Haruhiko Yamanouchi, Brian Tee and Famke Janssen.
Trailers for Ninja Assassin, starring Korean pop star Rain, his first leading role in a Hollywood film. Looks like a typical Hollywood action movie, but not bad…
Rain plays an assassin who was trained to be a killing machine since he was a kid; but ran away from the group after seeing his friend mercilessly executed by the clan. He later saved a Europol agent (Naomie Harris) who is investigating the organisation and the duo work together to bring down the clan.
People who dressed in ninja costume can travel for free on the Iga railway line in Japan during the annual Iga Ueno Ninja Festival from April 1 to May 6.
(Image from Reuters / Kim Kyung Hoon)
Iga is a city 450 kilometres from Tokyo and famous for its history of ninjas. Its ninja museum is a popular tourist attraction and there are also some ninja schools in town.
And there’s the Iga Ueno Ninja Festa, a family-friendly event and probably the biggest of its kind in Japan. Visitors travelled to the festival each spring for ninja related performances and stuff.
I like many things about Japanese traditions and pop culture, but ninja is not one of those. Regardless, I guess it would be a fun scene with thousands of ninjas hanging out in the city. I can imagine having dozen of them enjoying a cozy meal in a ramen shop =)