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Ninja : The (Unofficial) Secret Manual - Stephen Turnbull


The (Unofficial) Secret Manual

Hardcover Published: 4th April 2019
ISBN: 9780500021996
Number Of Pages: 200

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Set in the year 1789 and based on the original ninja manuals of that era, this witty and informative secret manual equips readers with all the tools needed to become a master of ninjutsu.

The ninja, Japan’s famous black-clad spies and assassins renowned for their superb martial arts skills, are the stuff of legend, their shadowy dealings inspiring countless tales in Japanese folklore. No other military figure in the world has captured the popular imagination as have the ninja, with a swathe of movies, comic books, theme parks and computer games being dedicated to them.

Ninja takes the reader into the world of Japan in 1789, conveying the excitement, danger and subterfuge of the period. Based on an original ninjutsu training manual, it teaches readers precisely what is required to become a ninja, and of course the craft itself, so that they can master the ninja arts.

Illustrated throughout with contemporary artifacts, documents and prints taken from the original manuals, as well as modern reconstructions, this light-hearted but informative guide will captivate readers young and old, and covers every aspect of what it was really like to be a ninja in Japan.

About the Author

Stephen Turnbull is a writer and historian specializing in military history, particularly that of Japan. He is a lecturer on Japanese religion at Leeds University and a visiting professor of Japanese studies at Akita International University in Japan. He is the author of many other books on Japan and warriors, including Samurai: The Japanese Warrior's (Unofficial) Manual, and he presented the inaugural lecture for the International Ninja Research Center at Mie University, Japan.

Foreword by His Most Illustrious Highness Tokugawa Ienari, Shogun of Japan

1. What is a Ninja?
2. Ninja and You!
3. The Secret History of the Ninja
4. IGA: True Land of the Ninja
5. Fake Ninja - A Word to the Wise!
6. The Amazing Exploits of the Iga Ninja During the Age of War
7. How to Develop the Mind of a Ninja
8. Specialized Ninja Equipment and When to Use It
9. Ninja Weapons and How to Use Them
10. Espionage and Intelligence Gathering
11. Ninja Techniques of Infiltration
12. How to Cause Chaos Wherever You Go
13. The Ninja in Life and Death
14. An Example of a Secret Ninja Scroll

ISBN: 9780500021996
ISBN-10: 0500021996
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 200
Published: 4th April 2019
Publisher: THAMES & HUDSON
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.32 x 13.34  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.41

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