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.

For concentration, he would stare into a candle until he was ‘inside’ flame

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He was also trained to withstand extreme heat and cold as well as go for days without food or water. 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 said.

Tough Training

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He is trained to hear a needle drop in the next room, to disappear in a cloud of smoke or to cut a victim’s throat from 20 paces with nothing more than a two-inch ‘death star’. He climbed walls, jumped from heights and learned how to mix chemicals to cause explosions and smoke. 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 said.

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Also, they are experts with weapons such as shuriken, a sharpened star-shaped projectile, and the fukiya blowpipe, usually filled with a poison dart. And they were also skilled at making both poisons and medicines.