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Hiromitsu Kuroi is the director of the Iga Sect Ninja Association "Kurondo," for which he stages performances and holds workshops. He has traveled widely in his capacity as ninja expert, and has taught in Japan, China, & Australia.
DH Publishing is Tokyo's #1 publisher of Japanese pop culture books for the English speaking world. DH Publishing's goal is to introduce non-Japanese readers to the many facets of Japan's vibrant pop and underground cultures.
This book "More Secrets of the Ninja: Their Training, Tools, and Techniques" is another example of a marketing rip-off! This book is a reprint of "Secrets of the Ninja: Their Training, Tools, and Techniques." Now in practice a lot of publishers release a title in hard cover first and then release it in soft cover. This is not a problem with me most of the time, but when the publisher renames the book with a different title, to make more money on the same title. That is when I get mad. I have wasted countless dollars on buying books I already own because of this publishing ploy. In the case of this book it was released originally as a soft cover in 2002 which is fine. Now it is released (2008) in soft cover again with it re-titled with the word "More" in the title making one think it is a second volume or continuation of the first. This is absolutely not the case they are one book of the same in all facets of the original book except for the title and cover! Complete rip-off! Save your money if you own the first release.
Now for the content of this book, I rate it 3 stars. It is a very good brief look at the subject and pretty much historically correct. I could give more detail but I am to mad.
Back in the 1980's, there was an explosion of ninja films and we were treated with Sho Kosugi films and a good number of ninja related books featuring people who were trained by actual ninjas and we would go nuts in trying to obtain and purchase the latest ninja gear (including weapons and hoping our parents would never find out).
Those were interesting times and definitely when "ninja" was what young people wanted to become, that was until "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" came into play and since that time, aside from the four turtles, the only ninja that Americans have any idea of now is just Ryu of the "Ninja Gaiden" and "Dead or Alive" fighting video games and through anime like "Naruto".
Cocoro Books known for bringing cool Japanese niche titles to the US has released "MORE SECRETS OF THE NINJA". A book unlike any ninja books I owned from the past as it uses actual photography to showcase techniques, the uniform and more.
The book is broken down to four main chapters:
* THE BASICS - The first 25 pages showcase full page and half page photography of ninja techniques and then goes into "THE BASICS" which goes into the clothes, equipment, codes, exercise and stealth. How to put on the clothes, the various weapons and tools such as Tsui-giri picks, Torinoko smoke bombs, marui-kagi round key, ibushi-ki smoke pot, tekko-kagi iron claws, kagi-nawa hook rope and ikari-kagi grappling hook and more. Also, showcasting the codes and signs used by ninjas, the various passwords and the ninja alphabet using ancient Japanese kamiyo-moji which was used before kanji. And learning the ninja workout using the strengthening with their fingers and a full body workout and how to walk like a ninja.Read more ›
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