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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Kodansha USA Inc; 1st edition (31 Oct 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1568365470
  • ISBN-13: 978-1568365473
  • Product Dimensions: 26.4 x 2.5 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 89,193 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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After progressing through various martial arts, Masaaki Hatsumi found his life's mentor, Takamatsu Toshitsugu, and studied under him for the next fifteen years. Hatsumi became the 34th Grandmaster of Togakure-ryu Ninjutsu and eight other arts, which he unified into the Bujinkan system. While traveling the world, teaching thousands of individual students as well as law enforcement agencies, he received numerous accolades from politicians and spiritual leaders of many nationalities. He has also worked as a professional osteopath, acted in a popular television series, written many books on ninjutsu and budo, and was, for many years, the Chairman of the International Department of the Japan Literary Artists' Club.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By flexluther on 25 Oct 2014
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Mixed feelings about this book. If you've never read any books by Dr Hatsumi you might find this interesting. For those familiar with his work you will see the same photographs used in most of his books. Unfortunately this book is FULL of photographs, almost used as page fillers to bump up the number of pages. The book is severely lacking in written content, which for me is a big disappointment. I've gave this book a 4 star, to be honest that was purely because I am a fan, not so much of what the book has to offer. Nice quality paper and hardback.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Michael Schjerling on 20 Oct 2014
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Am currently reading the English translation, translated by Doug Wilson, Bruce Appleby and Shawn Gray. I heard that this was in particular a difficult book to translate.
Must say that I believe so after beginning my study of it and also I would like to say that the English title is totally spot on. Soke is even more detailed in this book and gives more directions to the puzzle if you have the skin to perceive. He is revealing a lot of good stuff for those with the eyes to see. I really recommend you to invest in this masterpiece. (Michael)
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Same photos used in other Hatsumi books-save your money! 3 Oct 2014
By An Innocent Bystander - Published on Amazon.com
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You really take your chances when you buy a book by Hatsumi. You never know if you will understand a word of what he's trying to say. His cronies will tell you that it's all in code, you will figure it out someday, you aren't meant to know, the usual ninja stuff. Some of the language is very flowery and quite esoteric, but honestly much of it borders on sheer nonsense. However, you can't help but love this eccentric man that has been and continues to be a somewhat controversial character. How dull things would be without him! I have followed his writings for decades. But it's always fun to see a new book. Here's my issue with this book. The photos. Not the photos of all the weapons and paraphernalia and scrolls and art in the first part of the book, but all the pics after that.....90% of those pictures, if not more have all been seen in earlier books, magazines, you name it. This really irks me. Same video stills from the 80's Quest series videos, same outdoor training pics from the 80's and 90's, and many of the same pics of ninja tools and ropes n stuff. Same old over used photo of Hatsumi letting smoke out of the end of his sword scabbard from the 70's and 80's. Throwing the hollow eggs with powder in them that we saw in the magazines and books in the 90's. Again, why? Same tired old pics training with Takamatsu. Why? Sitting around the table with Takamatsu. Training outside with Takamatsu. Over and over and over. Why are they using the same pictures again and again and again in every new book he writes? Some of these pics were already used in Hatsumi books going back to the 80's. Same pics of Takamatsu's fingernails and toenails we have seen in uncounted number of books, magazines, and articles. I think I'm beginning to know his nails better than my own. Many of these photos were also used in his books in the 90's. How many different ways can you explain the same pictures?? Why? With the undoubtly thousands of pictures of Hatsumi doing things, why just rehash the same pics used in other books? He may still have unseen Takamatsu pics that we would all love to see, why not use them? I just don't think it's acceptable. It's become so predictable. Why pay good money to see pictures that came out 20 or 30 years ago already, in books he has already published? What I really think is that Hatsumi wrote a few pages of text, and the rest of his cronies filled in the rest with a bunch of old pics in order to get a book created, and get it to press ASAP. It was a rush job to get it sold. Why else? So you're gonna write a new book, don't you want new fresh stuff?? If this is the "Secret World Revealed" I hate to tell you but he already revealed it in his last 5 books! There's also a story he told about a visit to Africa in this book, that he also told in his 2011 book "The Essence of Budo". Why? With this man who has so much to impart to us, so much wisdom, why? I just don't get it. Interesting timing as well, right at the time when he's funding a new dojo. I guess it doesn't matter what's in it, he knows hundreds of thousands of students will buy it no matter what it is. I'm as big of a fan of Hatsumi as anyone, but c'mon guys...it's a neat book, sure, but this has just become rediculous.....no more money.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Beautiful photo album 8 Oct 2014
By A Reader - Published on Amazon.com
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By content this book is primarily a photo album and a good one - it is filled full of them often with many per page. Some could benefit from more discussion and some explanation. There are a lot of new ones along with many of the old classics, as I guess not everyone will have seen them and I doubt he has many...or even any...others of Takamatsu sensei not already printed for example. Yet for those familiar with Hatsumi's back catalog there are many repeats although I don't think it a major shortcoming.

In the few short essays included, as previously, he alludes to multiple things, various goings-on in and bordering outside of the Bujinkan, and far from everyone will be familiar with all or even most of them.

I've tired a little more of this style of: this Japanese phrase 'xyz' can also be read to be 'abc' and therefore 'martial technique' is as 'a lone flower on a mountain' (or whatever). Hmm. Behind this contrivance perhaps there is a belief in the mystical properties of Nihongo (Japanese), as there is in other languages from ancient Greek, Hebrew, in numerology, etc, if so, it is unconvincing. Overall I suspect this reads much better in Japanese. This occasionally may bring new insights, but often it feels strained, unpoetic and unappealing especially after reading so many of his other books all dominated by using this same device.
Five Stars 13 Dec 2014
By Jim Mann - Published on Amazon.com
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A excellent book to read.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Amazing 28 Oct 2014
By MARCELLO HERMONT COSTA - Published on Amazon.com
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Hatsumi sensei is a very especial warrior and human being. This book is one part of BUDO history and everybody must have it.
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Five Stars 20 Oct 2014
By Will T - Published on Amazon.com
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Words of wisdom for those who follow this branch of the marital arts.
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