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"Turning Japanese" is the first episode of Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time and takes place in a village in feudal Japan, 1603 AD. The main antagonist of the episode is El Jefe.



We needed to get to the bottom of the situation, and the first order of business was getting Rioichi out of prison.
― Sly Cooper, on the strange predicament in Japan[src]

The gang time travels to Feudal Japan to locate Sly's ancestor, Rioichi Cooper, a master ninja thief and sushi chef. They discover that Rioichi has been captured and locked in a maximum-security prison full of guards and deadly traps after having supposedly served bad sushi to the era's Shogun.

Rioichi has been captured by a villainous dictator known as El Jefe, who has taken over Japan. El Jefe is constructing a massive shrine with a 1,000 foot tall statue of himself at the center. Sly and the gang must set Rioichi free and then stop El Jefe.


Job name Completed by
"Photo Op" Sly
Sly needs to recon photos around the area for Bentley.
"Breakout!" Sly
Sly must find a way to free Rioichi.
"Sushi House Startup" Sly, Rioichi
Time for Rioichi to reclaim his sushi house.
"Something's Fishy" Bentley, Murray
Murray and Bentley must catch some fish for Rioichi.
"Pretty in Pinker" Rioichi, Bentley, Murray
Murray must obtain a Geisha outfit.
"Tiger Tail" Bentley
Use the RC car to tail El Jefe.
"Spiked Sushi" Rioichi
Gather some poisonous plant seeds.
"Altitude Sickness" Sly, Murray, Rioichi
It's time! Raid El Jefe's fortress and take him down!


Sly manages to defeat El Jefe, who is then taken back to the present to get arrested by INTERPOL. It was a hollow victory though as Sly failed to get Rioichi's cane back as mice guards swooped down from a gigantic blimp and stole it. They also still had no idea who was behind all of this. However, Sly knows that it had to been someone powerful enough to have his own army. During the theft, one of the mice goons dropped what looked like an old sheriff's badge. The gang put it inside the time machine to decipher it, and it turns out that "Tennessee Kid" Cooper needed their help next. Therefore, they have to travel back to the 1880s. On the way to the Old West, the picture of Sly and Carmelita fell, making him wonder how she was doing.



  1. Meditation Turtle
  2. Gyro Slicer 2000
  3. Jade Samurai Helmet
  4. Golden Lion Statue
  5. The Ninja Cookbook
  6. Lucky Neko
  7. Raccoon Daruma
  8. Dragon Claw Statue
  9. Golden Teapot
  10. Jade Peach
  11. Samurai Warrior
  12. Tales of a Samurai Hippo Comic


After collecting all 30 Clue bottles throughout the village and cracking the hidden safe, you will receive Coopergiwa's Gold Magnet.


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  • The title of this episode is a reference to the 1980 song by The Vapors of the same name.
  • The year that this episode takes place, 1603, is likely a reference to the film, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III, in which the Turtles travel to feudal Japan, 1603, to save April O'Neil.