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“Ninja Day” Is an Actual Holiday in Japan

"Ninja Day" Is an Actual Holiday in Japan

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.

Why 2/22? It’s a word play, because in Japanese the number two is “ni.” You know, kind of like the “ni” in “ninja” (忍者), but with “nin” or 忍 referring to endurance, patience or restraint.

"Ninja Day" Is an Actual Holiday in Japan

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Or better yet, it’s reminiscent of anime character Ninja Hattori Kun‘s “nin nin” (ニンニン) catchphrase.

"Ninja Day" Is an Actual Holiday in Japan

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The cities of Iga and Koka have been spearheading the holiday—and for good reason. Iga in Mie Prefecture is historically a ninja stronghold as is Koka in Shiga Prefecture. Obviously, this is a push to promote the region, and Japan has lots of these kind of days. This one, however, is the best.

"Ninja Day" Is an Actual Holiday in Japan

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In anticipation for the holiday, some “Ninja Day” banners have been spotted.

"Ninja Day" Is an Actual Holiday in Japan

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"Ninja Day" Is an Actual Holiday in Japan

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"Ninja Day" Is an Actual Holiday in Japan

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In Koka’s city hall, the local bureaucrats have dressed up in full ninja garb as they answer phones, work on the computer, make origami throwing stars, and meet with citizens—shinobi style.

"Ninja Day" Is an Actual Holiday in Japan

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"Ninja Day" Is an Actual Holiday in Japan

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They should always wear these outfits, long after February is over.

"Ninja Day" Is an Actual Holiday in Japan

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"Ninja Day" Is an Actual Holiday in Japan

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Imagine going to city hall and being greeted by this guy.

"Ninja Day" Is an Actual Holiday in Japan

"Ninja Day" Is an Actual Holiday in Japan

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Since February 2, ninja events have been going on across Japan to publicize the day. The holiday is new and still not widely known, even in Japan. But national press coverage is changing that.

"Ninja Day" Is an Actual Holiday in Japan

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Just don’t let this holiday sneak up on you. Heh!

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