THE NINJA ANCIENT SHADOW WARRIORS OF JAPAN PDF

Historically, the word ninja was not in common use, and a variety of regional colloquialisms evolved to describe what would later be dubbed ninja. Along with shinobi, some examples include monomi "one who sees" , nokizaru " macaque on the roof" , rappa "ruffian" , kusa "grass" and Iga-mono "one from Iga". Woodblock print on paper. Kunisada , Despite many popular folktales, historical accounts of the ninja are scarce. Historian Stephen Turnbull asserts that the ninja were mostly recruited from the lower class, and therefore little literary interest was taken in them.

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Start your review of The Ninja: Ancient Shadow Warriors of Japan The Secret History of Ninjutsu Write a review Oct 23, Don rated it really liked it This book is probably not going to be of much interest except to serious students of Japanese history or those directly involved in the study of ninjutsu.

The author is known to be an expert in both fields and it shows. Readers will have to bone up on their knowledge of historical Japan to get the most from this book although the author does at times bring the historical events to life through vivid accounts and descriptions.

The final third of this work is comprised of an in-depth overview of This book is probably not going to be of much interest except to serious students of Japanese history or those directly involved in the study of ninjutsu. The final third of this work is comprised of an in-depth overview of "modern" ninjutsu post-Edo period including a look at the life of Takamatsu Toshitsugu who is often referred to as "the last true ninja".

Unfortunately, the book seems to have been hastily edited as there are many grammatical and spelling errors and a few inconsistencies here and there. If the reader can overlook these things he will be rewarded with an interesting and insightful read. A book to be read and re-read again, it can even be used as a small encyclopedia. It is richly illustrated, with photos but also with ancient original written sources on ninjutsu.

Even the spiritual aspects My very first book on Ninjutsu and I am happy to have a copy. Even the spiritual aspects are covered. At the end of the book you can find appendixes with all the information summarised in diagrams and lists so you can handle the immense bundle of information more efficiently. What makes this book special is that the writer himself is both a high level practitioner of ninjutsu who is a direct student of Hatsumi Sensei and a PhD-scholar on the topic.

And so this book is a must have for anyone who takes this practice seriously.

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The History of Japanese Ninjas

Kallie Szczepanski is a history teacher specializing in Asian history and culture. She has taught at the high school and university levels in the U. Kallie Szczepanski Updated July 18, The ninja of movies and comic books—a stealthy assassin in black robes with magical abilities in the arts of concealment and murder—is very compelling, to be sure. But the historical reality of the ninja is somewhat different. In feudal Japan, ninjas were a lower class of warriors often recruited by samurai and governments to act as spies. Origins of the Ninja It is difficult to pin down the emergence of the first ninja, more properly called shinobi—after all, people around the world have always used spies and assassins. Japanese folklore states that the ninja descended from a demon that was half man and half crow.

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Ninja Warriors

Start your review of The Ninja: Ancient Shadow Warriors of Japan The Secret History of Ninjutsu Write a review Oct 23, Don rated it really liked it This book is probably not going to be of much interest except to serious students of Japanese history or those directly involved in the study of ninjutsu. The author is known to be an expert in both fields and it shows. Readers will have to bone up on their knowledge of historical Japan to get the most from this book although the author does at times bring the historical events to life through vivid accounts and descriptions. The final third of this work is comprised of an in-depth overview of This book is probably not going to be of much interest except to serious students of Japanese history or those directly involved in the study of ninjutsu. The final third of this work is comprised of an in-depth overview of "modern" ninjutsu post-Edo period including a look at the life of Takamatsu Toshitsugu who is often referred to as "the last true ninja". Unfortunately, the book seems to have been hastily edited as there are many grammatical and spelling errors and a few inconsistencies here and there.

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