OMG! This Guy used To Stare into a candle until he was ‘inside’ flame, Japan’s Last Ninja

As the 21st head of the Ban clan, a line of ninjas that can trace its history back some 500 years, Kawakami is considered by some to be the last living guardian of Japan's secret spies.

As the 21st head of the Ban clan, a line of ninjas that can trace its history back some 500 years, Kawakami is considered by some to be the last living guardian of Japan’s secret spies.

Jinichi Kawakami, Japan’s Last Ninja

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A 63-year-old former engineer may not fit the typical image of a dark-clad assassin with deadly weapons who can disappear into a cloud of smoke. But Jinichi Kawakami is reputedly Japan’s last ninja. Mr Kawakami, a former engineer who began teaching ninjutsu – the art of the ninja – ten years ago, said the true history of ninjas was a mystery.

He began training in ancient art of ninjutsu aged six under Buddhist master

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Kawakami first encountered the secretive world of ninjas at the age of just six, but has only vague memories of first meeting his master, Masazo Ishida, a man who dressed as a Buddhist monk. Kawakami said training ranged from physical and mental skills to studies of chemicals, weather and psychology. And at the age of 19, he inherited his master’s title along with a cache of secret scrolls and ancient tools.