Yes, this is really what I do for work. CIRs wear many hats, but little do most people know that ninjutsu is part of the job description, at least when it has to do with creating tourism promotion material.
We happened to do this on a day when what looked (and sounded) like a couple hundred kindergarten students were visiting the castle. There were large groups peeking over the bushes and chanting ‘nin-JA! nin-JA! nin-JA!’ altogether to get our attention, and then countless voices from within the castle, ‘look, there are ninja! There’s ninja! Ninja, ninja!’, and then as we posed closer, ‘Hey, those aren’t real ninja…’
A big thanks to the talented Jinjer Templer for taking the photos!