True Path of the Ninja: The Definitive Translation of the Shoninki (The Authentic Ninja Training Manual)

True Path of the Ninja: The Definitive Translation of the Shoninki (The Authentic Ninja Training Manual)


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ISBN-13: 9784805314395
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
Publication date: 03/14/2017
Edition description: Translatio
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 293,655
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Antony Cummins heads the Historical Ninjutsu Research Team, a project that documents, translates and publishes medieval documents pertaining to the shinobi of Japan. As a world-renowned ninja historian, his background as an archaeologist and historian gives him a unique insight into their mysterious world. Antony has revived an old samurai school of war, Natori-Ryu, with the aim of educating people on historical Japanese warfare. His aim is to establish a correct understanding of Japanese military arts and to bring about a deeper knowledge of, and respect for, Japanese arts. A trained martial artist, he is the author of nearly a dozen books on ninja and martial arts.

Risuke Otake is the teaching master at the world famous Katori Shinto Ryu, the oldest samurai sword school in the world. He is a member of the Order of the Rising Sun; an honored conferred on him in 2005 by the Akihito of Japan.

Dr. Nakashima Atsumi has worked with the Iga Museum on translating the Shoninki from 17th century Japanese into modern Japanese. He is also the chairman of the Federation of Japanese Koryu Bujutsu, an organization for the traditional schools of the martial arts in Japan.

Yoshie Minami was born in Tokyo and currently lives in Saitama, Japan. She has a B.A. in Linguistics from the International Christian University.

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AndrewLocke More than 1 year ago
When I first started looking for a book on Ninja, and ancient shinobi practices, I was extremely skeptical of the texts i found. Some claimed to be the lost teachings if the koga, or whatever, and very few claimed to be literary translations of the bansenshukai, or shoninki. After Reading everything i could find about this book i discovered it was a literary translation of the shoninki. I bought it for my ipad, and haven't been able to put it down. It's one of the most comprehensive books on the shinobi from ancient japan I've ever read. It details the mindset of ancient ninja, and what their lives were like, and it stays as true to the original japanese as an english trainslation can. Towards the end of each chapter, the translator goes back through the chapter and covers the things he missed, and at the beginning of the chapters he outlines what the particular chapter is about. From what I understand, the text is a translation of a work put together in the 1600's by Natori Hasazumi. He wasn't a member of the koga, or iga ninja clans, (his clan was formed after the massive purging of ninja in japan by Toyatomi Ieyasu) But this tome highlights everything the two clans shared. Hasazumi does his best to stay true to the bansenshukai (used by both iga and koga), and the english translator does his best to stay true to the original japanese. This is a must read for any Ninja enthusiast.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is where you do missons. &starf.
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