- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: BLACK BELT COMMUNICATIONS (1 Sept. 1970)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 089750030X
- ISBN-13: 978-0897500302
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.1 x 22.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 927,836 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
NINJA: The Invisible Assassins Paperback – 1 Sep 1970
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Ninjutsu has been variously described as the 'art of sneaking in', the 'art of stealth' and even the 'art of invisibility', and this book reveals the ninja's way of life that few outside of Japan have experienced. Ninja were the cloak-and-dagger artists of Japan's feudal era, from the late 13th century to the early 17th century. Japanese youths were trained within the Iga and Koga ninja networks, which were run like armed camps and turned out only espionage agents. Iga and Koga youths were born ninja and died ninja - there was no other way of life open to them. They were thus able to devote all their time to training, and they were considered full-fledged ninja when they were still in their teens.
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"Cloaked in black from head to toe and concealing a small arsenal of deadly weapons and secret devices, these medieval masterminds of espionage, sabotage, arson and assassination moved stealthily but relentlessly across the pages of Japan's turbulent era, from the 13th to the 17th Centuries." Ninja developed the strangest and most chilling art ever to be brought forth from the vast reaches of Asia.
The ninja studied the skills of all of the martial arts of the day, as well as mastering a wide range of unique weapons. Andrew Adams explores many of these weapons, such as the `shinobi-zue' (a staff concealing a hidden chain), the kyoketsu-shogi (a hook-knife with a long cord and attached ring), the well-known shuriken (throwing stars and spikes), and many other weapons that fill the ninja's arsenal.
Poisons and curatives were part of the ninja's skills. The ninja's training allowed him to prepare gunpowder and explosives, medicines, poisons, and even concentrate and dehydrate foods to be used on long missions.
The ninja were also masters of strategy and espionage. Andres Adams gives us insight into these principles, and their historical application by the various ninja clans.
Finally, we are introduced to the leading ninjutsu masters of the modern day (the early 1970s), men such as Yoshiaki Hatsumi, Norihiro Iga-Hakuyusai, and Yumio Nawa.
If it can be said that there is a `classic ninjutsu book' it must be Ninja: The Invisible Assassins by Andrew Adams. This book is very well written, illustrated with several photographs and makes a strong effort to be historically accurate while still providing interesting and entertaining reading. If you could have only one book about ninjutsu, it should be this book!