Promoting Ninja's Home with "Ninninjer"Video of Famous Spots in Koka City, Shiga Prefecture5 August 2015 - Sightseeing/Events
"Koka Kanko Mirai Kaigi" or conference for Koka's tourism and future, which was created by tourism-related organizations in Koka City, Shiga Prefecture, has produced a video to introduce the city's sightseeing spots and other attractions using the dance of the ending theme song for the popular TV superhero show, "Shuriken Sentai Ninninger." The promotion ambassador of this tourist association and others appear in the video dressed in ninja costumes. The video has been uploaded onto video sharing websites to promote Koka City as a birthplace of ninja.
Videos of dancing to the TV show's ending theme, "Nanja monja! Ninja Matsuri!" have been posted by viewers to the video sharing website prepared by the show, and have gained popularity among people of all age groups. The video published on August 8 was shot at JR Aburahi Station and other locations. Taking note of Ninninger's advertising potential, the conference thought of enhancing Koka's attraction and name recognition through the video.
Appearing in the video are Hoshika Maekawa, the promotion ambassador of the city's tourism association and an entertainer from the city, ascetic monks of monks' association of Mt. Hando, and city workers. The video was shot in mid-June and lasts four minutes and 24 seconds. It introduces 23 sites in the city, including the Minakuchi Castle ruins, "Kamamoto Sansaku-ro," or pottery walking path, tea plantation in Asamiya, Koka Ninja Estate, and others, while Maekawa is dancing dressed as a contemporary female ninja.
The video develops a story line, involving a theatrical combat with three enemy ninjas who have targeted the female ninja. Examinees for the Ninja Examination which was held in June also appear in the video as extras.
A staff member of the conference's secretariat in the city's tourism planning and promotion office said, "We made the video in a way that viewers could enjoy seeing where in the city the video was shot." The video is available either on the website of the city's tourism association, or by searching for, "Shinobazu Odottemita, Shuriken Sentai Ninninger, Ninja no sato Koka version," written in Japanese characters. In English, it means, "We have tried to dance without hiding: Shuriken Sentai Ninninger, Koka, ninja's birthplace, version."(translated by Galileo, Inc.)