Japan only has one true Ninja left on its soil, a country once known for its production of the finest Ninjas.
Jinichi Kawakami is the last remaining Ninja of Japan, he is the 21st head of the Ban Clan, a dynasty that consist of spies that date back to over 500 years.
Kawakami, is an engineer by profession, and started practicing the art of Ninjitsu at the tender age of six. He trained under master Masazo Ishida, and his training included staring into the flame of a candle for hours in order to improve his concentration abilities.
Other methods included listening to a pin drop in another room in the hopes of improving his hearing abilities. More deadlier skills include the ability to vanish in a cloud of smoke and the ability to kill a victim from 20 paces afar using a two-inch death star.
The training was all tough and painful. It wasn’t fun but I didn’t think much why I was doing it. Training was made to be part of my life, he told The Daily Mail.
He went on to explain why many consider him to be the last Ninja in Japan:
I think I’m called (the last ninja) as there is probably no other person who learned all the skills that were directly handed down from ninja masters over the last five centuries. Ninjas proper no longer exist.
He has also made the difficult decision of not appointing anyone else to take over as the next Ninja Grandmaster. He explained to the BBC why:
In the age of civil wars or during the Edo period, ninjas’ abilities to spy and kill, or mix medicine may have been useful. But we now have guns, the internet and much better medicines, so the art of ninjutsu has no place in the modern age.
Kawakami is currently employed with a Japanese university, which plans to open the world’s first actual research hub dedicated to studying the ninja arts.