The ninja performance troupe Iga-Ninja Group Ashura demonstrates the combat skills and athletic abilities of the ninja at the G-7 summit's International Media Center in Ise, Mie Prefecture, on May 26. (Takeo Kato)

ISE, Mie Prefecture--Sword-swinging ninja showed foreign visitors that there is more to the Ise-Shima Group of Seven summit than serious policy talks with a thrilling show at the International Media Center here.

Five members of the performance troupe Iga-Ninja Group Ashura demonstrated their backflips and other skills at the May 26 show, which was staged at a venue for promoting tourism in Mie Prefecture inside the media center set up for the two-day conference.

The ninja troupe usually performs at the Iga-ryu Ninja Museum in the prefecture’s Iga city.

“We hope that people from abroad will learn that Mie Prefecture’s Iga is the hometown of the ninja,” said Satoshi Yasuda of the Iga-Ueno Tourist Association.

The performers leaped about on stage, wielding various weapons, including samurai swords, a pair of sickles and a grappling hook. They also narrated the performance in English to give better insight on the ninja to the many overseas media representatives at the scene.

Caroline Bracht, a 30-year-old researcher from the University of Toronto, said that she was impressed by the ninja’s skills and athletic abilities, as she had only previously seen them in movies and video games.