Yuji Yamada, a professor of Japanese history at the Mie University, said that the University plans to compile a database of ninja and encourage cooperation between scholars from different disciplines who study ninja. He said that the researchers at the centre would study ancient documents and collaborate with science researchers to develop ways to implement ninja wisdom to modern society.
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He gave an example of burning incense by Ninjas before going out to avoid evil things. Yamada believes that the incense boosted concentration in Ninjas and thus helped them avoid injuries. He said that research aimed at these fragrance
According to Yamada, the research facility will be located in Iga which is 350 km southwest of Tokyo. Iga is a city surrounded by mountains and was once home to many ninja warriors. He also said that the research conducted at the centre would be published both in Japanese and English so as to benefit followers from overseas as well.
As part of the renewed interest in the ninja history, Aichi prefecture last year hired full-time ninja, including a foreigner, to promote tourism in the area which is also famous for the historic Nagoya castle. In 2015, governors and mayors from prefectures around the country traded their usual business suits for ninja costumes to announce the launch of a "ninja council".
(With Inputs from PTI)