If you’ve ever wondered why you don’t know more about Ninjas, it’s because their methods have always been secret. Secrets of the Ninja reveals how, for centuries, Ninjas have gone about protecting their secrecy, maintaining their ambiguity, and stealthily hiding their craft from the world.
The word ninjitsu originated in sixth-century Japan. Originally, the role of the Ninja was to gain information about the enemy and to sabotage his operations. Over the centuries the sect (which might be called the original Fifth Column) preferred the art of boring from within. The Ninja long ago perfected the art and techniques of covert entry, especially designed to infiltrate enemy territory in wartime.
Traditionally, the Ninja’s duty demands one, or all, of three actions: espionage, sabotage, assassination. The taboos against death-dealing keep the agents of ninjitsu cloaked in the shadow of their own deeds. But, the successful Ninja owes his very life to those shadows, within whose darkest shade he waits in ambush, invisible even to those who search. Some techniques included in the book are:
The five preferred methods of Inpo,” or the art of hiding
Kimono-ninja,” a technique on how to appear invisible
Monomi-no-jitsu,” or how to observe your enemy from his perimeter
Secrets of the Ninja is the first book to describe the inner workings of this remarkable legion.
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