The Secret Traditions of the Shinobi: Hattori Hanzo's Shinobi Hiden and Other Ninja Scrolls

The Secret Traditions of the Shinobi: Hattori Hanzo's Shinobi Hiden and Other Ninja Scrolls

Antony Cummins

Language: English

Pages: 216

ISBN: 1583944354

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


The shinobi, or ninja, is one of the most widely recognized figures in the world of espionage—and also one of the most misrepresented. What do we really know about the historical shinobi, his tactics, and his role in medieval Japanese society? In Secret Traditions of the Shinobi, these questions—and many more—are answered. Translated into English for the very first time, this widely sought-after collection of historical documents brings to light the secret practices, techniques, philosophies, and lifestyles of the shinobi.

Included are:

• the Shinobi Hiden, or "Secret Ninja Tradition," a documentation of techniques commonly attributed to one of the best-known ninja masters, Hattori Hanzo;
• the Koka Ryu Ninjutsu Densho, a small but important work from the Edo period that reveals the realm of ninja magic and spells;
• the three shinobi scrolls of the Gunpo Jiyoshu, a manual enthusiastically promoted by Tokugawa Ieyasu, the first Tokugawa shogun of Japan;
• one hundred poems written between the twelfth and fifteenth centuries—making them the oldest collection of written ninjutsu information in the world; and
• seventy historical black-and-white illustrations depicting ninja tools and weapons.

Secret Traditions of the Shinobi will enthrall martial artists eager to learn the real skills of the shinobi, as well as anyone interested in this exciting period of Japanese history and espionage.

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to try to break into a house without careful preparation. Gather information about the internal and external aspects of a compound by hearing and seeing. Also, send scouts discreetly to establish whether anything is amiss. To get into such a house where the doors have strong locks, take the appropriate tools with you. When you need to cross over a fence, use a suribashigo [hanging ladder], a musubibashigo [tied ladder], a dai kunai [digging tool], and so on.7 What you should be aware of most of

carry. Details are to be orally taught. A recipe for tinder: Mix fine pieces of roasted stems of the tobacco plant to the measurement of 5 momme and potassium nitrate to the measurement of 1 momme. Then put it into a bamboo cylinder and carry it. This can be ignited with amazing ease. WHAT YOU SHOULD WEAR FOR SHINOBI MISSIONS It is desirable for a shinobi to wear fur clothes, as you have to lie down on the ground and within fields or in the mountains. Also, it is proper for you to be dressed

everywhere, scattering them. Make one or two raids very quickly, taking advantage of their confusion. In principle, you should not be slovenly when conducting night attack. It stands to reason that you should retreat quickly. THE SHINOBI WHO PROVIDE GUIDANCE FOR A NIGHT ATTACK It is not an easy task to guide a night attack. You should go there secretly to obtain a proper observation on the previous day. There are five colored marks, which were mentioned in the previous scroll. THE APPROPRIATE

The instructions and advice printed in this book are not in any way intended as a substitute for medical, mental, or emotional counseling with a licensed physician or healthcare provider. The Library of Congress has cataloged the printed edition as follows: The secret traditions of the shinobi: Hattori Hanzo’s Shinobi hiden and other ninja scrolls / edited and translated by Antony Cummins and Yoshie Minami. p. cm. eISBN: 978-1-58394-519-3 1. Ninja. 2. Ninjutsu. 3. Military art and

shinobi]. HOW TO DEFEAT MANY PEOPLE WITH FEW From Volume II There are three ways you can defeat a large number with a small number: by measures, by tactics, and by deceit. Examples of Measures In a battle on flat land [take the following measures:] produce smoke to hide a bank or a steep from view, tie flags onto trees, build ample watch fires, lay fuses held in bamboo sticks here and there, bury landmines where the enemy are expected to come, burn fresh pinewood before a battle, infiltrate

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