Unmasking the Ninja

Community Event

28 Mar 2019

Pop culture has painted the ninja as a deadly assassin clad in black, infiltrating enemies’ castles bristling with dozens of ninja weapons, ready to eliminate their target; rising to fame through traditional plays and books in 1700s Japan and featured in modern global pop culture today, from the James Bond film, You Only Live Twice, to American TV series Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and international famous Japanese manga, Naruto. But how true are these interpretations of ninja?

In this free talk, researchers Yuji Yamada and Katsuya Yoshimaru from Japan’s International Ninja Research Center will discuss all things ninja, from their origins and historical roles through to the development of ninjutsu, the art of ninja which pertains not only to combat techniques but also philosophy and livelihood; as well as how the pop culture image of ninjas were constructed. The talk will conclude with a demonstration of ninjutsu by the “last true ninja”, Jinichi Kawakami.

Light refreshments with the speakers from 7:30pm – 8:30pm.


Disabled access available Public Toilet


Free Entry

Event Times

28 Mar 2019

Once Only Event


The Australian National University Acton Theatre

132 Lennox Crossing, JG Crawford Building, Acton, 2600

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