Ninja is a special profession unique to Japan, with many myths and legends. Ninjas give people a mysterious, cruel and vicious impression, always appearing inadvertently, and disappearing instantly. During special periods, they wore black costumes and appeared in the dark, performing assassination missions.
In modern times, real ninjas in Japan are very rare, because in the peaceful era, the role of ninjas has been greatly weakened, and all that can be done is to perform in scenic spots for tourists or provide ninja experience projects to earn money. Now young people in Japan are not interested in this profession, because it is not as “glamorous” as in “Naruto”, and it does not have the five element escape techniques such as fire escape and water escape. Not only is the training very hard, but the income is very low.
Iga, Mie Prefecture in Japan, is known as the “Ninja’s Hometown” and one of the birthplaces of Japanese Ninja culture. In order to better protect the disappearing ninja culture, Iga City often organizes some ninja experience activities. In 2017, Japan’s Mie University established the world’s first international ninja research center specializing in ninjas, and opened a postgraduate course in ninja and ninjutsu a year later. In the admissions introduction of Mie University, the Ninja major belongs to the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences. This major is not used to cultivate real ninjas, but to study ninja culture.
The 45-year-old Mihashi Genichi passed the two-year ninja master’s course and obtained a professional ninja degree from Japan’s Mie University. He became the first master student in Japan and the world to major in ninja. Gen Mihashi has liked to study martial arts since high school, and once he encountered danger while exploring South America. Since then, he has decided to learn a technique to protect himself. After thinking twice, he chose himself The traditional culture of the country-Ninjutsu.
Mihashi Gen’s interest in ninjutsu comes from its secretiveness and comprehensive survivability, because a true ninja not only has to use various disguise to protect himself, but also learn to do everything possible to survive in various environments. He once read in the literature: “Ninja wants to be a farmer in the morning and practice martial arts in the afternoon.” Therefore, during his graduate studies, Genichi Mihashi not only studied historical documents, practiced martial arts skills, but also planted vegetables in his daily life. Farming, self-sufficiency, as if living a real ninja life.
Yuji Yamada, the history professor in charge of the ninja course, said: “About 3 students enrolled every year. After many foreign students contacted Mie University, they learned that ninja and ninjutsu majors do not teach real ninjutsu, but only study the history of Japanese ninja Later, he lost interest.” And Mihashi Genichi was the only one admitted that year among the three students who signed up. Yamada Yuji was very surprised by Mihashi Genichi’s enthusiasm: “Never thought that students would live like real ninjas, it seems that he really loves ninja culture!” After
entering Mie University, Mihashi Genichi took off. Complete the ninja research course in two years. His master’s thesis involved how ninjas played an important role in the management of forests in the Iga area during the Edo period. This was appreciated by Professor Yuji Yamada, who believed that Genichi Mihashi has integrated with the local community.
Many people worry about the employment direction of Genichi Mihashi in learning such an unpopular major. In fact, during his postgraduate course in Ninja, Genichi Mihashi opened a dojo in Iga to teach ninjutsu and fighting skills. In April 2020, he is already preparing to study for a PhD. After entering the doctoral program, Genichi Mihashi wanted to make ninjas a “local resource” to help revitalize local communities and ninja-related sites, and promote ninja culture.
Perhaps, in our opinion, the ninja profession is mysterious and unpopular, but in the eyes of Genichi Yamahashi, ninja culture is his only culture of interest, and it is also a culture worthy of special study. In the field of loneliness, Yuanyi Shanqiao is not alone, because interest and love are his best company.
Where will Europe go? Will it continue to maintain its pro-American tendency, or will it seek an increasingly independent position? No matter how you choose, the impact will be far-reaching. The United States and Europe are at the center of the West. If Europe seeks a more autonomous role, the West will be severely weakened.
The end of the Cold War is an important moment in the history of US-European relations. Europe no longer depends on the protection of the United States, and the distance between the United States and Europe is slowly widening. Two key events have accelerated this process, one is the US invasion of Iraq and the other is the Trump phenomenon. The Biden administration hopes to repair US-Europe relations, rather than severely criticize Europe. He may achieve some results, but US-EU relations will not simply go back to the past.
The European Commission on Foreign Relations recently released a poll report on 11 European countries that most Europeans believe that the US political system has broken down and that the United States after Trump’s four years in power is no longer trustworthy. Most people want their country to remain neutral in any conflict between China and the United States. Most Germans believe that after voting for Trump in 2016, Americans are no longer trustworthy. Throughout Europe, more people agree with this statement than those who oppose it. The survey divided the respondents into four categories. Only 9% of the respondents believe that Europe has collapsed and the United States will rebound; 20% believe that both the United States and the European Union will continue to prosper; 29% believe that the United States The European capital has declined or collapsed; 35% believe that the European Union is still healthy and the United States has collapsed.
Since the 2008 financial crisis and Trump came to power, the decline of the West has clearly led to a profound change in European attitudes. We must remind ourselves that these events are developing at an alarming rate. Their main impact on Europe is far from strengthening the relationship between the Atlantic Alliance. On the contrary, it weakens the bond between the United States and Europe, making people more and more aware that the world has A profound change has taken place, and a belief has emerged that Europe needs to be more independent. Of course, this trend is still in its infancy and unstable stage, many conflicting forces are at work, and the attitudes between countries and various forces within countries are changing. Like the United States, Europe’s recent criticism of China has also grown rapidly, but there is a fundamental difference between the two. Although the United States is determined to defend its global dominance, Europe abandoned any related claims a long time ago. Therefore, compared with the United States, the sources of friction and hostility between China and Europe have actually been greatly reduced.
A survey conducted by the European Commission on Foreign Relations shows that so far, the dominant trend in public opinion is that Europe has become more independent and suspicion of the United States has grown. The European leader who best embodies this view is German Chancellor Merkel, who is also a pioneer of this way of thinking. The recently completed Sino-European investment agreement negotiations are very much in line with Merkel’s style, and it also strongly proves that the EU is willing to establish an independent relationship with China, rather than following the United States.
The gradual distance between Europe and the United States will be slow, tortuous, full of contradictions and pain. Since Columbus, Europe has been looking west of the Atlantic Ocean. It was European colonists who colonized Northeast North America and later established the United States. The United States is a product of Europe, and over time, the United States has outperformed its ancestral continent. If Europe colonized most of the world, in the order created by the West after 1945, the United States was the dominant player and Europe was a very secondary partner. In short, a huge web of history, politics, and culture connects the United States and Europe. But we have now entered a new phase. The decline of the United States means that it can provide Europe with less and less things. China and even Asia as a whole are leading Europe to the east. Nothing illustrates this trend better than the “Belt and Road” initiative. Europe is getting involved little by little. First, Central and Eastern European countries, then Portugal, Greece and Italy. Other countries are likely to follow suit over time. The factors that once attracted Europe to move westward are now also attracting Europe to move eastward, because once the center of gravity of the global economy in the West is now in the East.