In 2003, Ninja Burger created International Ninja Day on December 5 as a way to celebrate the Ninja “speed” with which their burgers are delivered.
Other than that, the ninjas are amazing. We all love them and secretly wish to be one. On this day, wear a ninja mask to work and torment your co-workers with ninja and throwing stars! Do you have the day off? Dress up as a ninja at the mall or run wild through the streets.
HISTORY OF INTERNATIONAL NINJA DAY
It is said that December 5 was chosen for the first International Ninja Day because that day the Tom Cruise film “The Last Samurai” was released, featuring a battle of ninjas against samurai. In the years since the celebration grew and gained press in stages, its creators took advantage of the fascination that Americans have always had for assassins dressed in black, from the original issues of “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” to games centered on the sword. like the old tabletop “Dungeons and Dragons”, not to mention a host of Bruce Lee and Chuck Norris movies from the 60s and 70s.
But the satirical website and the motivations of its creators are secondary to the intention: December 5 is the only day of the year that you will not see strange looks for saying “Haiii-yah!” while you swoop in and grab a donut from the box in the meeting room. Take part in fake karate fights, throw clips like shuriken, heck, have a cup of sake after work. On the Day of the Ninja, you have the key to mystical power!
CHRONOLOGY OF INTERNATIONAL NINJA DAY
1999 – Keep the pickles, please
The site “Ninja Burger” is created, which claims that a sect of noble ninjas has dedicated themselves to delivering fast food anywhere and at any time.
2003 – Inaugural Genius
The first International Ninja Day is celebrated, which will eventually rival “Talk Like a Pirate Day” for being the center of attention in terms of times to act a fool in public.
2006 – Choose your avatar
The second edition of the role-playing game “Ninja Burger” is released, using the Atomic Sock Monkey Press “Descriptive Qualities in Prose” (PDQ) rule set.
2007 – “I’ve always wondered …”
G4 Network’s “Attack of the Show” replaces its regular host, Kevin, with the ninja “Ask a Ninja” for one episode.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS OF INTERNATIONAL NINJA DAY
This sounds funny. Are there videos attached to the joke?
Yes. A quick search online will take you to Ninja Burger’s vlog series, “Ask a Ninja,” among other sites and videos. You can also start with the official page, dayoftheninja.com.
What other materials are available?
There are comic strips, several short films, the aforementioned role-playing game, a card game, a multimedia CD, and a book titled “Ninja Burger Honorable Employee’s Handbook.” They’re all fun, but here’s a tip from an expert: start with the role-playing game from the 2001 first edition and see what it reminds you of …
Are there many real ninjas these days?
We don’t know for sure, but there are reports suggesting that there are still one or two surviving ninjas left in Japan.
HOW TO CELEBRATE INTERNATIONAL NINJA DAY
Take a martial arts class
Thinking of maximizing those natural ninja talents of yours? A couple of karate, judo, or ninjutsu classes can’t hurt. Or can they?
Dress like a ninja
We think black sweatshirts, a headband and high-top sneakers with a black tank top would suffice, a kind of “Mortal Kombat” look. But of course, your ninja costume will be unique. Don’t get caught!
Play the role-playing game “Ninja Burger”
In the second edition, you can choose specific roles within the Ninja Burger franchise that you will be working in, such as “driver”, “baker”, etc. Give it a try for the retro value.
FIVE AMAZING FACTS ABOUT REAL NINJAS
The first of its kind
The first historically confirmed ninja was Otomono Sahiti, who worked as a spy under the Japanese prince Shotoku.
From the stories of yore
In Japanese mythology, the first ninja descended from the spirits and appeared as half man, half raven.
“Those who can’t …”
In 1162, Japan’s first ninja school was founded when a fallen samurai decided not to commit suicide as custom dictated, but to spend his retirement teaching.
Last of an endangered species
According to Smithsonian research, an engineer named Jinichi Kawakami is probably the last living ninja and one who complains about teaching that students cannot taste murders or poisons.
Passed from generation to generation
Like other merchants of their time, the ninjas would pass on their skills (in this case, martial and espionage knowledge and methods) to their sons and daughters, who in turn would teach their children over time.
WHY WE LOVE INTERNATIONAL NINJA DAY
The word can be used as a compliment
In a sales office, you may hear someone talk about the best seller: “She is our ninja.” Or if a friend of yours dropped something but caught it before it hit the ground, you could chuckled, “Ninja!” Comments like these are especially appropriate on December 5.
Ninjas are mysterious
Aside from the fun of Ninja Burger satire, real ninjas inspire us the way the antihero or underdog always does in movies and books. The image of the lonely figure with a life or death job to do simply speaks to us. Today, consider why that is true.
It’s good to let your guard down
It can be quite exhausting and cause a lot of anxiety to maintain your “game face” day after day. This is why we talk about a holiday every day here on National Today. “Let your hair down” is a phrase we believe in, and there is no better day to do it than International Ninja Day.