Those black suits. Those weapons. Martial arts. The image of the ninja is rooted more in fiction than fact. Everything you think you know is probably more “wrong” than “right”.
Of course, there is.
Got plans, Tokyo residents? You do now.
If you do anything for Halloween this weekend, chances are pretty good you might see a child (or an adult) trick-or-treating (or partying) dressed as a ninja. Maybe it’ll be a generic ninja, or maybe a specific one, like a Naruto character or a Ninja Turtle.
February 22 is "National Ninja Day." The Japanese holiday isn't an official day off. That is, at least not for those unable to slip out of work.
This is from a ninja promotional video. That's right, a ninja promotional video from a ninja tourist association. No, really.
Justin Timberlake recently called Madonna a "mother chucking ninja." Some people in the U.S. were upset, saying the word had racist connotations. In Japan, some folks were baffled by this controversy.
It's summer in Japan. Students are starting to get out for vacation. Maybe they can spend their free time chasing each other around and jumping off rooftops.
Men no Sato (麺の里) or "Noodle Village" is a female ninja, or kunoichi (くノ一), restaurant. The restaurant originally opened last year in Tokyo's Tachikawa, but recently announced it was reopening in nerd paradise Akihabara.
I didn't know ninja dancing was a thing, let alone ninja dancing CGI. This is Enra, a Tokyo-based dance troupe that mixes dance rhythms, martial-arts influenced acrobatics, and computer graphics.
The beat 'em up genre flourished in the nineties, with Capcom and Konami leading the way on the SNES and on the SEGA Genesis, as well as with a huge amount of great arcade games that never got a home console port.
Minecraft Xbox 360 Edition is pouring on the fan service with this week's release of Skin Pack 4—providing delightfully low-res interpretations of Claptrap from Borderlands, Klei's Mark of the Ninja and The Behemoth's Castle Crashers, plus a whole lot more.
There's no doubt that ninja are among the coolest video game characters. They do everything with style; running, jumping, fighting, even breathing. These games—mostly platformers—were able to capture this no matter how limited the hardware capacity was; ninja always look awesome.
Back in the day Japanese developers didn't have the budget or the control to make perfect Japanese-to-English translations... although probably no one really cared. They had to translate and export their games to the West as fast as possible.
Well, it's about friggin' time! Starting this month, a new service will deliver ninja on the time and to the place of your choosing. The name of this new service? Why, Ninja Delivery. So clever.
You don't realize just how good a gaming year it's been until you look back at all of the games you actually played. From physics puzzlers to ninja simulators, 2012's library was full of interesting, creative, unique experiences.
Hi there Kotaku! It's 10:30 on Thursday, and so it must be time for the open thread.
In ninjutsu, the concept of "shinobi" ("stealth") is key. So what happens when you mix it with aerobics? Fishnets and a thong, apparently. Sneaky!
Most teachers are regular folks. Before they entered education, maybe they worked in an office. Maybe they were students themselves. But how many of them were ninja, head-butting trees in the forest?