December 5 is the Day of the Ninja, a day to honor and celebrate the sneaky and stealthy masked warriors in black garb from ancient Japan.

Legend has it that this unofficial holiday was created in 2003 to commemorate the release of Tom Cruise’s movie, The Last Samurai. We loved this movie!

The Last Samurai

Timothy Spall (Actor), Ken Watanabe (Actor) 
The Last Samurai

Timothy Spall (Actor), Ken Watanabe (Actor) 

Professional Spies

Ninjas were professional spies in Japan. Active between the 13th and the 19th century, a ninja’s job included infiltration, sabotage, espionage, and even assassination.

LEGO NINJAGO Legacy Monastery of Spinjitzu 70670 Battle Toy Building Kit includes Ninja Toy Weapons and Training Equipment for Creative Play (1,070 Pieces)

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LEGO NINJAGO Legacy Monastery of Spinjitzu 70670 Battle Toy Building Kit includes Ninja Toy Weapons and Training Equipment for Creative Play (1,070 Pieces)

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While popular culture is full of stories about ninjas, usually featured as cunning, secretive, brave, and skillful fighters, there are very few historical accounts of them. Historians believe that in the Japanese society ninjas were not considered to be part of an elite class of fighters – that place was reserved for the samurais. Because of this, ninjas were often recruited to do unsavory tasks like arson and terrorism.

Did Not Dress in Black

In those days, a ninja, also known as a shinobi, did not wear the all black outfit ninjas are depicted wearing today in films, TV shows, and comic books. After all, one of the main tasks of a ninja as a spy was to infiltrate by blending into his surroundings. They would often dress as the locals to do their job.

The secrecy surrounding ninjas led to the rise of legends about their skills and powers – something that has now become a part of popular culture. Modern day depictions of ninjas show them having superhuman powers such as invisibility, ability to walk on water and shape shift.

Ninja Mega Kitchen System (BL770) Blender/Food Processor with 1500W Auto-iQ Base, 72oz Pitcher, 64oz Processor Bowl, (2) 16oz Cup for Smoothies, Dough & More

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Ninja Mega Kitchen System (BL770) Blender/Food Processor with 1500W Auto-iQ Base, 72oz Pitcher, 64oz Processor Bowl, (2) 16oz Cup for Smoothies, Dough & More

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“Got one for my mom it’s the best money I’ve spent in a long time.”

How to Celebrate?

  • Watch ninja movies or have a Teenage Mutant Ninja marathon.
  • Have a ninja themed party. Everyone dresses like a ninja.
  • Go to work dressed as a ninja and sneak up on your coworkers and friends.
Ninja Specialty Fold-Away Frother (CM407) Coffee Maker, Single Serve to 10 Cup (50 oz.), Stainless Steel Thermal Carafe

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Ninja Specialty Fold-Away Frother (CM407) Coffee Maker, Single Serve to 10 Cup (50 oz.), Stainless Steel Thermal Carafe

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Did You Know…

…that contrary to popular belief, ninjas were not all men? Women ninjas were known as Kunoichi.

We like the blender set so much this is on our Christmas list.

Mary B.
Ninja Foodi 7-in-1 Programmable Pressure Fryer, Slow Multi Cooker with TenderCrisp Technology, 5 Pot, 3-qt. Air Fry Basket (OP101), 5-Quart, Black/Gray

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Ninja Foodi 7-in-1 Programmable Pressure Fryer, Slow Multi Cooker with TenderCrisp Technology, 5 Pot, 3-qt. Air Fry Basket (OP101), 5-Quart, Black/Gray

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