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14 Mar 2002
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Historic ninja house in Hirosaki avoids demolition


Photo credit: Kyodo News

The wooden one-story house, which sits in a narrow alley in Hirosaki, Aomori Prefecture, had faced the risk of demolition after the couple that owned it for about 30 years decided to sell it due to its high maintenance costs. However, the house was bought for about 20 million yen ($189,000) by Mitsumaro Sato, a 63-year-old Hirosaki city official, who has agreed to preserve the house and use it to pass on the history and culture of ninjas, according to Shigeto Kiyokawa, a professor at Aomori University who also acts as an advisor to the school's "ninja club." "We are very glad that we were able to find somebody who is keen to preserve it," Kiyokawa told a press conference.

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