- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Vivisphere Pub (December 1, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1587762064
- ISBN-13: 978-1587762062
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 21 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #966,545 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ninpo: Wisdom for Life Paperback – December 1, 1998
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Dr. Hatsumi is very good at covering many many different facets of life. In that, he is personifying the all-embracing spirit of the martial way, the Ninpo, which he also claims is the way of peace. There is really not much that he doesn't cover in this small but very terse volume. Some of the stuff is easier to understand like a chapter where he gives us an interview with a long time Western practitioner - very insightful. Others may be more obscure and esoteric - like a chapter outlining different sorts of spirits. Also one may not be able to comprehend the Japanese terminology, which is meant for someone who is familiar with the practice. All in all the book is very interesting, and has some rare insights taken directly from the cultural context. For example, the old gamblers' priceless advice to his younger student "act intimidated, repeat this mantra and be bold".) Others include a convers. with the photo correspondent who have claimed to see an ancient samurai spirit in one of the photos that he took during one of the Dr.'s demos. This was attributed to the immense power of the sound/will vibration or "kiai".
Translation is good, i liked it and sympathize with the translator, who must ve had a heck of a time translating some Japanese mannerisms. All in all, this book is very well worth reading, but be prepared to use some facets of your intelligence that you are not used to using with most of the books that you usually read.
Great reading whether you are a martial artist or just someone that want to live life to the fullest.
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The book han not a rigourous structure, but jumps to from an argument to another.
But the message of the book is very interesting.