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.
Kawakami Runs A Ninja Museum
Kawakami now runs the Iga-ryu Ninja Museum, in Iga, 220 miles southwest of Tokyo and Kawakami recently began a research job at the state-run Mie University, where he is studying the history of ninjas. But, he said as he showed an AFP team around the Iga-ryu Ninja Museum and its trick house with hidden ladders, fake doors and an underfloor sword box, he is resigned to the fact that he is the last of his kind.
Says he will let the art die with him because ninjas ‘don’t fit with modern day’
He says he has decided not to take on an apprentice to pass on the legacy, making him the last in the line of Ban clan ninjas. There will be no 22nd head of the Ban clan because Kawakami has decided not to take on any more apprentices. “Ninjas just don’t fit in the modern day,” he said.