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- Publication Date: December 15, 2017
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B078FWPFZK
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THE KUNOICHI: Woman Ninja Assassin at the Battle of Okehazama Kindle Edition
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Samurai were warriors that belonged to the noble classes of ancient Japanese society. On the other hand, ninjas were often mercenaries, spies, and assassins, and would often belong to the lower classes of ancient Japanese society.
Because of the fact that they are part of nobility, samurai warriors are often depicted wearing full clad kimonos, (kim-oh-nose) which is the traditional attire of the ancient Japanese.
Ninjas are often clothed in relatively tighter clothing and tend to be fully clothed, with only their eyes showing. Also, the outfits of samurai warriors are colorful with symbols and pictures on them, while ninja outfits are often plain black in color. The front cover page illustrates that.
Another major difference between the samurai and the ninja is the manner on how they fight. Samurai are guided by an ancient code of ethics which is called the bushido. (boo-shee-daw) That being the case, they make sure that they stick to certain rules even while they are in combat.
In contrast, ninjas do not follow any code of ethics when they fight, so their fighting style is considered to be unorthodox. and the complete opposite of samurai. For instance, samurai find it more honorable to fight face to face. Ninjas specialize in ambush, espionage, sabotage, infiltration and assassination. This is why ninjas use a variety of different weapons that samurai do not use.
Samurai are often warriors who served the emperor during the period when feudalism was the form of government in Japan. Samurai also often worked until the very end without asking for a fee. Ninjas serve pretty much anyone and everyone who was willing to pay their price. In modern days, they are thought to be like hired gunmen and assassins whose fighting skills are used to kill rivals.
Both Japanese samurai and ninjas were widely used in Japanese history, but for entirely different reasons. Both the history of the samurai and of the ninja come from one historical story.
A man, Prince Yamato, disguised himself as a woman and was able to persuade two men to let their guard down. Once they were comfortable, Yamato murdered both men with a sword. While the definition of a ninja or samurai does not include the female disguise, both recognize the actions of Prince Yamato to be the start of their warrior ways.
A samurai warrior is of an elite class developed in the Japanese military around 794 A.D. and are viewed above all other warriors in Japanese culture. Perhaps part of this outlook was the samurais adherence to a high code of honor called the Bushido, or the fact that their loyalty was to their master, typically a high government official.
The samurai is different from a ninja because a ninja is a low class mercenary as seen in history as far back as the 15th century. Both the samurai and the ninja were experts with different Japanese weapons. The samurai was skilled in using the spear, bow and arrows, and the sword named for these warriors, the samurai sword. It was known that a samurai was used for quick and effective hand to hand combat with any weapon available. A ninja however, used a different forms of attack.
This novel represents the ancient Japanese traditions of combat. In Ancient Japan, a land divided by various countries, four extraordinary young women have been bred to fight in a secret operation. They are Kunoichi, female Ninjas, who, under the disguise of their feminine beauty, have trained as deadly assassins. The leader of this squad is Sakura, a breathtaking beauty who has mastered the art of Ninja and sword fighting.
Two families who control separate countries, are preparing for war. One of the leaders, Nobunaga Oda, hires the Kunoichi to help defend his realm. But soon he finds himself falling for Sakura...
and described by the author in words like........
"Her pale rose coloured naked body is dazzlingly voluptuous."
As the battle intensifies Nobunaga must try to forget the longing of his heart to defeat the enemy. Based on real Samurai history, the Kunoichi tells of the period leading up to, and immediately following the iconic battle of Okehazama, bringing these legendary female Ninjas out from the shadow of the battlefield.
The author is skilled in giving concise, brilliantly coloured descriptions of nature and of the picturesque environment using short sentences, figures of speech to animate his accounts. Throughout you get the sense of nobily versus peasantry. There are plenty descriptions of battle tactics, different kinds of weapons, lifestyle, dress code particular to their cultural past, and customs. We see the power of beauty, the search for honour, strength and the impact of conspiracies , sieges and battle.
“It’s Hikobe…” Jube begins. Yoshino’s eyes fill with tears. “He fulfilled his duty… but he paid for it with his life.”
Not being Japanese, all the foreign characters' names and names of places , make it difficult to follow, but there are so many beautifully described scenes as compensation.
I enjoyed The book.
2 February 2018
I really liked this read. It is set in historical context and moves at a very steady pace. I am not sure if it is based on fact, but at very least it is a great historical fiction piece. Sakura is deadly and beautiful, so she has the making of what we all look for in a strong female lead. The characters are believable and the reader wants to see them come out of the smoke of war victorious. If this is based more in fiction, than the author has a strong potential to turn this into a series. Great job.