Cool Job of the Week: Ninja

Did you know that there’s currently a ninja shortage in Japan? Yes, it’s true: Japan’s number one fighting force is currently under attack!

The major problem, as I see it, stems from the fact that ninja are currently being treated as entertainers, not the lethal forces of mischief and mayhem they truly are.

Nevertheless, if you’ve been looking for a career as a ninja, this is good news for you. But first, you’ll need to get trained up! The best places to learn the ancient art of ninjutsu are Nabari and Iga, both of which are located in the Mie Prefecture of Japan.

Training you’ll need to become a ninja:

  • Unarmed combat
  • The art of concealment
  • Acrobatics
  • How to use throwing stars (shuriken)
  • Swordfighting

As per the Independent‘s article, however: “Invisibility and walking on water, despite the folklore, are not part of the job description.”

Need more ninja?

If you’re looking for more ninja in your life, be sure to check out my Instagram feed this weekend, when I’ll be furiously writing the first draft of my new ninja novel, The Reluctant Ninja, as part of the 3-Day Novel Contest (September 2-4, 2017). I’ll be posting a variety of Ninja Tips to keep you entertained, so follow me @LauraRobertsBooks to join in on the fun!

Weird and wacky jobs

To get you in the mood for my A to Z Challenge Theme Reveal coming up on Monday (March 20), here is a little something I swiped from my Facebook feed:

Of all the unusual jobs in the world, I can’t say I’ve ever met anyone yet who’d admit to being a “fatuous pauper,” nor a “fish-bender” – though what kind of fish needs bending, really?

I’m also quite certain that “midget” is now considered an ableist slur. Come come, my good man, the correct terminology is “little person,” or “LP.” Update your lexicon, you heathen!

I’ll cut this beef twister a break, though, since these all so-called jobs hail from the late 1800s, and the world has changed just a titch since then. Indeed, the world has even changed since my first odd job title: Wet Playground Attendant. I typically have to inform people that “wet” was meant to modify “playground,” not “attendant.”

WET PLAYGROUND: Parky’s Pirate Cove at Miami Whitewater in Cincinnati, Ohio

Some of my other odd job titles over the years have included:

  • A$$#*!& (aka Telephone Pollster, typically confused with the unrelated job of Telemarketer)
  • Angle Bracketeer (aka Web Intern)
  • Book Jockey (aka College Library Clerk)
  • Botanical Garden Brat (aka Unappreciated Intern)
  • Guarded Gatekeeper (aka Resentful Receptionist)
  • Online Grader (aka Teaching Assistant, or TA)
  • Phantastic Photocopiest (aka Terrific Temp)

What kinds of odd or unusual jobs – or job titles – have you held?