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Ninja at the Yokohama Rugby Fan Zone

During the Rugby World Cup 2019 the Wallabies are staying in the city of Odawara, also home to the legendary Fuma Ninja! Join us for Ninja shows and the Odawara Booth at the Rugby Fan Zone in Yokohama Park to learn more about the city the Wallabies are based and the history of the area!

Ninja Show Dates: October 5th
Times: 13:15~13:45 / 15:25~15~45
Venue: Yokohama Park Rugby Fan Zone
Odawara Booth: 10/5 10/13 11/2

The famed Fuma Ninja of Odawara will be the basis of a stage show presented at the Rugby Fan Zone in Yokohama. The exciting stage show will feature Japanese drums and flutes, shamisen music, and more traditional Japanese music as the background for the action show.

The Fuma Ninja are one of the most famous ninja clans in Japanese history. They served the Hojo family for generations during the warring states period in Japan. The Fuma Ninja played a supporting military role during the age of civil war and were known to protect and defend everyone in society.

The Fuma Ninja have been used in Japanese pop culture staples such as video games and manga. This is an opportunity to see, feel, and experience a special part of Japanese culture and history. We look forward to seeing you at the Rugby Fan Zone`s Odawara booth!

Music Show: “Fuma Ninja, Legend of Odawara” featuring traditional music and instuments
October 19th 13:00 ~ 13:30
November 2nd 12:45~13:15 14:15~14:45

Fuma Ninja, the Legend of Odawara

"Fuma Ninja, Legend of Odawara" Show

Kanagawa Prefecture will present the stage show “Fuma Ninja, Legend of Odawara” about the Fuma ninja that served the Hojo Clan from Odawara Castle during the time of the samurai. This show will showcase the rich history and charm of the Odawara area in western Kanagawa.

In November there will be the “Kanagawa Festival in Hanoi 2019” (November 16-17) where the “Fuma Ninja, Legend of Odawara” show is also planned to be shown.

This is the second year this performance will be held. With the popularity of the ninja overseas the organizers under the tourism board are working to promote and develop the local historical connections with the ninja. The ninja have a deep rooted history with the area around Odawara City and the area. We will continue the promotion of the ninja history and culture with Kanagawa Prefecture to ignite interest in Odawara and the area.

Who are the Odawara Fuma Ninja?

The Fuma Ninja existed for many generations. The head of the clan was always named “Kotaro.” The fifth generational leader was said to have been more than 2 meters tall, muscular, sharp piercing eyes, an inverted beard, and fanged teeth. Little documentation on the ninja exist and there are many mysteries surrounding them. Recently the ninja have become popular and romanticized in pop culture. The Naruto manga has gained popularity in Japan and abroad. The Fuma ninja and fuma weapons make appearances in this popular manga. In April of 2019 the “Ninja Museum” opened in Odawara Castle park to continue the promotion and connection between the area and the ninja.

The Fuma Ninja blend into daily life, but in the shadows and away from others the Fuma Ninja continue to practice their ninja skills and hone their mental state. When enemies appear, their lord is targeted, or when the weak of society are targeted the Fuma Ninja will appear to vanquish the enemy.

Ninja Show Information

Kanagawa Festival in Hanoi 2019

Fuma Ninja Show Dates & Times
November 16, 2019 – November 17, 2019 (showtimes to be determined)

Show Venue
Ly Thai To Park, Main Stage (Hanoi, Vietnam) Free Entrance

Interesting Points
In 2018 an estimated 70,000 people gathered to enjoy the festivities and entertainment
In addition to the Fuma Ninja performance and traditional Japanese music there will be ninja experiences to enjoy. You can try a shuriken, ninja throwing star, dress as a ninja and more to feel and experience the world of the ninja.

Odawara Castle Ninja Hall

Ninja Skills, Weapons, and History

OPENING April 20, 2019
On the grounds of Odawara Castle the recently renovated Ninja Hall has interactive and new displays sharing the history of the ninja. The famous Fuma Ninja served the Hojo family of the Odawara domain. Here you can experience and learn ninja history, ninja skills, and see ninja weapons. Odawara was home to one of the most famous ninja in Japanese history, Fuma Kotaro.

Real Ninja

The Hojo Family was once one of the most powerful families in all of Japan. They controlled a large part of Japan from their castle in Odawara. These were the times of battling fuedal lords, the time of the samurai and ninja. In these wonderful historical surroundings you can find the Ninja Hall. In the stories and documents detailing the reign of the Hojo, the ninja Fuma Kotaro is refrenced. He was one of the few famous ninja names passed along the generations. Fuma Kotaro, Hattori Hanzo, and Nagato were some of the most famous ninja in Japanese history.

The Ninja Museum and Experience Hall

The NInja Hall gives you a chance to learn about who and what the ninja did during their time. The facility also gives you the opportunity to try different ativities associated with the ninja. You can throw ninja stars, sneak around, climb through windows, and test your ninja skills.

Odawara Welcomes the Wallabies and Rugby 7s Teams

The Wallabies and Australian Sevens teams will use Odawara, Japan as their training base for the next three years for their matches in the country.

With key matches and tournaments to be played in Japan in 2018, 2019, and 2020, Rugby Australia issued an expression of interest to the Japanese market in late 2017 to establish an Australian Rugby training base in the country and Odawara was chosen for location, commitment, and quality of facilities.

Odawara, which is located an hour south of Tokyo and Yokohama by car, or 35 minutes by bullet train. The region was selected due its superior facilities and accommodation options, coupled with a strong local government commitment and support from the local community.

The arrangement provides Australia’s national teams with access to the Shiroyama Athletic Field and Hilton Odawara Resort which is equipped with elite-level gym facilities.

The Wallabies will be the first team on site when they converge on Odawara for a training week prior to their third and final Bledisloe Cup clash with New Zealand at Yokohama on October 27. The facilities will also be available for the Wallabies for any time spent in Japan prior to the official commencement of Rugby World Cup 2019.

The Australian Men’s and Women’s Sevens teams will initially use the facilities for pre-Olympic training camps in 2019.

“We wanted to secure a home away from home in Japan for our Qantas Wallabies and Sevens teams and Odawara was a standout submission after we fielded strong interest from across the country.

“The Odawara community has embraced our teams and there is a high level of support for Rugby and the Wallabies in the region. In Odawara, we also have a very committed and accommodating local government partner and we look forward to establishing a great friendship with the people of Odawara over the coming years.”

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