Japanese Ninja Museum Gets Broken Into by Agile Thieves

The stealthy thieves stole $9,400.
Loukia Papadopoulos

You would think the one place money would be the safest in is a ninja museum. After all, what better protectors are there than these stealthy warriors.


However, on Monday, August 19, the Iga-ryu Ninja Museum contacted the police after the alarm was set off at 1:15 am by some thieves, reported VICE. The cops came too late and the agile thieves managed to get away with a safe containing one million yen (approximately $9,400).

The money was the result of admission fees collected over a busy weekend when the museum saw over a thousand visitors. The thieves were agile indeed as they managed to secure a safe believed to have weighed 150 kilograms (330 lbs) and removed it from a one-story wooden office in no time at all. 

Police reported that the museum's office was pried open. Officials at the Iga-ryu Ninja Museum revealed that the theft was a huge loss for them.

"We are very disappointed as we have just been slowly recovering from the coronavirus effects on our museum," a museum employee told Japanese state broadcaster NHK.

The question remains how did the thieves manage to pull this job off so quickly without leaving a trace behind. Could they have been ninjas themselves?

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The museum is located in the city of Iga that is home to two of the most famous ninja clans. We would venture a guess that they might have pulled off this stunt but we assume they are probably concerned with better and bigger things.

The Iga-ryu Ninja Museum offers visitors a uniquely authentic ninja experience complete with the throwing of shuriken, well-known star-shaped weapon of the warriors. We hope that the museum will recover from this theft quickly and stealthily... like a ninja!

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