This is simply the best book about kendo kata that has been written. I was fortunate enough to have had Inoue sensei as an instructor at the Kitamoto summer seminar for foreign (to Japan) kendo instructors many many years ago. Having experienced him as a teacher first hand I was curious to see how he would come across in written (excellently translated) word.
The book is a well thought out combination of four contributions.
The first section of the book combines the ZNKR kata instruction manual with the ZNKR 2001 kendo (kata) seminar guidelines for the kata along with notes that describe and explain the differences between these two descriptions of the kata with prior descriptions of the kata. These are all linked together with very clear cross reference pointers and illustrated by, for the most part, clear and clean photographs (more about the photos later).
The second section describes the philosophy behind the kata providing the reader with a much deeper understanding than the simple description of the kata, and subsequent practice can provide. This last section is what sets this work apart from other English language books on kendo.
The only negative point I have is that in some of the photos at the beginning of each kata description (these are step-by-step photos of the kata), the boken can be a bit hard to see.