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True Path of the Ninja: The Definitive Translation of the Shoninki (An Authentic Ninja Training Manual) Hardcover – March 10, 2011
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"…every time you reread this book you will obtain a new perspective." —Dr. Nakashima Atsumi, Translator of the Shoninki into modern Japanese
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So from a skeptic, I came all the way, to my current opinion that this is a far better translation of Shoninki than the version by mr. Axel. The book is very detailed, and pays much attention to details. The author states that a lot of footnotes were incorporated into the text itself due to publisher's request. This is my only objection to this book, but I know the author didn't have a choice in the matter as much.
In regards to the work itself. It might be a disappointment to those who are used to the popular image of a Ninja warrior provided by media and modern Ninjutsu schools, which are unable to prove their lineage. This isn't a book for kids playing with shurikens. It's a manual on espionage, communication skills, strategy etc.
In fact it is much more usable in everyday life, than any martial arts book could ever come close to be. As the shoninki states itself, the real war is fought with words, not weapons. And the greatest Shinobi is he who manages to have no enemies. If a Ninja has to hit someone or use a sword, then he is a really bad Ninja. This is the whole message of the book.
If anyone is interested in REAL Ninpo, historical Ninpo, as opposed to modern imaginative reenactments, or 80's movies nonsense, I'd recommend this book. If you are, like me, looking to buy any translation of Shoninki and can't make up your mind, I'd advise you to buy this one first(and others then just to compare).
Second of all, Yoshie isn't very good at translating the latter parts once they get into deeper topics. Her translation is pretty dry and misses the essence of the original text.
Personally, I prefer the other english version of the Shoninki available [with the black cover] but have this version also to double check things. If you're going to only get one version, get the other.
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Great book..... I've read many on the subject. On par with "Book Of Five Rings", "Unfettered Mind", and "Art Of War"....Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
They mention so often how unsure they are....even a person with half intelligence would see this book is probably 70% fiction.Published 14 months ago by Michael