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If you have any books written by Yumio Nawa, Masaaki Hatsumi, Fujita Seiko, Okuse Heishichiro (any rare Ninjutsu books), and Kanji Naruse that you would like to sell or trade, please email me at robertg@robertg.com

 

Shuriken-Jutsu-no susume front cover   Shuriken-Jutsu-no susume inside cover reads "True Master Has No Opponents"

Above book is entitled Shuriken-Jutsu-no susume (Shuriken Techniques for Beginners - Meifu Shinkage Ryu), printing date July 10, 2004. This book was signed and sent to me as a Christmas gift by its current headmaster Yasuyuki Otsuka. Otsuka Sensei also generously gave me several authentic Meifu Shinkage Ryu shuriken during my visit at his class.

Above book is entitled How to learn Meifu Shinkage-ryu by Soke Otsuka Yasuyuki. It is his new self-published "limited to 300 copies" English edition book on the Shuriken and Manrikigusari. It is a first edition first printing dated July 20, 2010. It has been signed and dated by the author on July 23, 2010. 

Shuriken jutsu nyumon (Introduction to the Use of the Shuriken)

Above book is entitled Shuriken jutsu nyumon (Introduction to the Use of the Shuriken) by Dr. Chikatoshi Someya 染谷親俊 (- June 1999). Above book is a first edition first printing from September 10, 1980. Soke Someya was the headmaster of Meifu Shinkage-ryū 府真影流 a modern school of Shuriken jutsu.

Shuriken by Chikatoshi Someya dated July 25, 2001

Above book is entitled Shuriken by Dr. Chikatoshi Someya. The book is a hardcover edition date July 25, 2001.

Above book is entitled Shuriken no Sekai (The World of Shuriken) by Shirakami Ikku-Ken (Eizo) (1921-2001) this is a first edition first printing from 1976. Shirakami was born in Tokyo in 1921 and was initiated into the mysteries of the Negishi-ryu and Shirai-ryu Shuriken art in 1938. In the book, Ikuken Shirakami says," The outline of this book owes to instructions from Kanji Naruse Sensei and especially regarding historical parts of this book, it owes a great deal to "Shuriken" from Fujita Seiko, who was the Soke of Shingetsu-ryu Shuriken-jutsu". This book deals with "The world of shuriken, the essence of shuriken jutsu, history of shuriken-jutsu and its schools, The basic form of shuriken-jutsu. The relationship between shuriken and women, 50 year history of shuriken" and so on.

Shuriken no Sekai by Shirakami Ikku-Ken 2001

The above book is Shuriken no Sekai (The World of Shuriken) a "pink" slipcase version dated April 4, 2001.

Above book is entitled Shuriken-do my study of the way of the Shuriken by Shirakami Ikku-ken. It is a first edition first printing from 1987.

Shuriken Jutsu Cover by Billy Hammond dated 1985  Shuriken Jutsu Signed by Billy Hammond dated 1985

Above very rare book is entitled Shuriken Jutsu The Japanese Art of Projectile Throwing (kata demonstrated by Eizo Fujita) by Billy Hammond and has been graciously signed by him. The 178 page book is a first edition, first printing dated 1985 and it was self-published by him. According to my conversation with Sensei Hammond he has only 21 copies of the book left (2012). He wrote the book with the permission and at the request of Maeda (Shinei) Sensei in the 1980's. It is the only book on shuriken jutsu he ever authorized, although many Japanese budoka wanted to write one on the subject. He only published 300 copies, out of which Maeda Sensei purchased 150 and Fujita Sensei (kata demonstrator) took about 50. As far as he knows, Maeda Sensei gave his copies to students and friends throughout Japan and Fujita Sensei did the same; however, he probably gave some to students in Europe, where he sometimes teaches. He also donated a number of copies to university libraries in the U.S. and his teachers at the University of Hawaii. He also been giving copies to his karate-aikido students when they achieve the rank of Shodan.

The book was printed on an offset press he had at the time and the kata photographs were done by a commercial printer. The photographs of the kata were shot professionally and the book binding done by a commercial bookbinder. It includes 1:1 tracings of shuriken he did at the Ninja Museum in Mie prefecture. It also contains information gained from Japanese texts available at the time.

Japanese Throwing Weapons by Daniel Fletcher  Japanese Throwing Weapons Signed by Daniel Fletcher

Above is wonderful book on Japanese Throwing Weapons which I highly recommend reading. The book comes with a companion DVD which is very informative. The author of the book is a good friend of mine named Danny Fletcher (February 10, 1971 - August 13, 2012) whom I meet in Japan many years ago. He was very gracious in signing his first book. Sensei Fletcher has a Shodan in Meifu Shinkage-ryu Shuriken jutsu. I am sad to say my good friend Danny passed away after a 15 month battle with cancer on August 13, 2012 he will be greatly missed.

Shoninki The True Records of the Shadow Warriors by Donald Roley  Shoninki The True Records of the Shadow Warriors inside dedication by Donald Roley

Above book is entitled Shoninki-The True Records of the Shadow Warriors. The author of the book is Donald Roley and has been graciously signed and dated by him. The book is a first edition first printing dated 2012.


Above book is entitled Basenshukai Volume 7. There are 8 original volumes to this set. The printing date is September 1, 1976. The author is Yoshihito Ishida and the translator is Yumio Nawa. The original author of Basenshukai is Masatake Fujibayashi and it was written in 1676 (Edo period).

Basenshukai Box

In Nin by Masayuki Fujimoto   Yo Nin by Shunichirou Yuki   Ninki by Yumio Nawa

Above is a three volume set entitled Bansenshukai. In Nin (left) 207 pages was written by Masayuki Fujimoto and printed June 10, 1977. Yo Nin (center) 177 pages was written by Shunichirou Yuki and printed November 1, 1981. Ninki Ninja tools (right) 217 pages was written by Yumio Nawa and printed on September 1, 1976.

Bansenshukai by Fujibayashi Yasutake 11 Volumes dated 1975

Above book box is entitled Basenshukai (originally written in 1676)  by Fujibayashi Yasutake. The printing date is December 20, 1975. This 11 box set was given to me as a gift by my very good friends father. It is one of the most impressive book sets I have ever seen or owned. This set was originally sold for 85,000 yen ($ 726.44) back in 1975 and is an exact replica of the original.

Shoninki by Fujibayashi Masatake dated 1944

Above book is entitled Shoninki (originally written in 1681) by Fujibayashi Masatake. The printing date is April 10, 1944. The translator is Mori Juzo and publisher is Nisshin Shoin. The book was limited to 3,000 copies. This book was originally published in 1681 (Edo Period).

Shoninki by Fujibayashi Masatake dated 1988

Above book is entitled Shoninki by Fujibayashi Masatake the translator is Sanjiro Kimura. The printing date is April 25, 1988. The publisher is Kioi Shobo.

Koga Ryu Homare no Ninjutsu by Tamada Gyokushusai dated 1915

Above book is entitled Koga Ryu Homare no Ninjutsu (Honored Koga Ryu Ninjutsu) by Tamada Gyokushusai. There are 12 stories of the Koga Ryu passed down though speeches by Tamada. The 2nd edition printing dated May 10, 1915 the first edition was May 5, 1915.

These next few pictures were just taken by my good friend who lives in Iga City, Kokemushi Kuchio, at the Iga City Museum.

Okuse Heishichiro

1911 Date of Birth born in Ueno City (Meiji 44)
1935 Worked at the Manshutetshudo Railway Company
1945 Retired
1952 Assumed the position of Ueno City Tour list Association's Head leader
1959 Worked in Ueno City Office
1969 Assumed the position of Ueno City Mayor two terms
Showa 44 (1969) to Showa 52 (1977)
1977 Resigned as the Ueno City Mayor
1997 Passed away

Here is a picture of Okuse Heishichiro (1911-1997) at the Iga City Museum.

Okuse Heishichiro Picture at the Iga City Museum

Here is a current picture of Okuse Heishichiro's house in Iga Ueno.

Here is the Okuse Heishichiro Exhibit at the Iga City Museum.

Okuse Heishichiro Exhibit at the Iga City Museum      

Pictured below is a Makimono from Okuse Heishichiro Densho collection.

Makimono from Okuse Heishichiro Densho Collection at the Iga City Museum

Okuse Heishichiro is one of the most famous and well respected Japanese Ninjutsu researchers. He graduated from Waseda University. He lived in Iga-Ueno (Iga-shi, Ueno, Mie-ken) where he served as Mayor at one point. He was also the founder of the famous Iga-ryu Ninja Hakubutsukan (Iga-ryu Ninja Museum). Throughout his life he gathered up an impressive collection of Ninjutsu hidensho and historical documents relating to the Shinobi No Mono. Upon having studied these ancient writings as well as conducted additional historical and technical research on Ninjutsu, he wrote his first book on the subject in 1959.

Ninjutsu October 1956 Cover  Ninjutsu October 1956 Back  Ninjutsu October 1956 page 20-21 Ninjutsu October 1956 page 14-15

Here is a very rare pamphlet entitled Ninjutsu by Okuse Heishichiro. This 26 page pamphlet seems to be the earliest work by Okuse since it is dated October 1956. It also has a picture of Fujita Seiko on page 23.

Here are some of Okuse Heishichiro's published books from my collection.

Ninjutsu Hiden (Ninja Secret Teachings) Box Cover

Above book is entitled Ninjutsu Hiden (Ninja Secret Teachings) by Okuse Heishichiro. This is the first printing of the book from May 5, 1959.

Ninjutsu Shoseiho (Ninjutsu Worldly Wisdom)

Above extremelly rare book is entitled Ninjutsu Shoseiho (Ninjutsu Worldly Wisdom) by signed Okuse Heishichiro. This is a first printing from January 10, 1963. It reads: "Ninjutsu is a study of illusion signed Heishichiro Okuse". In book, Okuse says, "I have tried to divide Ninjutsu into different types. I found 200 kinds of Ninjutsu types and eliminated similar kinds of Ninjutsu and managed to arranged them into approximately 80 typese of Ninjutsu and called this accumulation of Ninjutsu type "Kyoso no Riron and Hisho no Jhoseki".

Ninjutsu-no rekishi Iga Nin-jutsu-no subete Box Cover 1963

Above book is entitled Ninjutsu Sono Rekishi To Ninja (Ninjutsu: It's History and Ninja) by Okuse Heishichiro. This is the first printing of the book from September 9, 1963. This was his first “history only” title. His first work covered a combination of history as well as information on the technical teachings of Ninjutsu, but this particular book, which was his third title on Ninjutsu, deals primarily with historical matters like the origin of Ninjutsu, its development, famous characters in the art such as Hattori Hanzo, Momochi Tanba, Koga Saburo and others. Also includes information on the Shinobi Uta, or Hyakushu, of Ise Sabur˘ Yoshimori and the sandai hidensho (Bansenshukai, Shoninki and Ninpiden). The author also wrote about Yoshitsune-ryu Ninjutsu and Kusunoki-ryu Ninjutsu. This book is filled with detailed research.

Above book is entitled Ninjutsu Sono Rekishi To Ninja (Ninjutsu: It's History and Ninja) by Okuse Heishichiro. The printing date is June 1995 and is a reprint of the book above.

Ninjutsu Sono Rekishi To Ninja (Ninjutsu: It's History and Ninja) by Okuse Heishichiro dated 2011

Above book is entitled Ninjutsu Sono Rekishi To Ninja (Ninjutsu: It's History and Ninja) by Okuse Heishichiro. The printing date is February 13, 2011 and is the latest re-print of the above book.

Ninjutsu-no rekishi Iga Nin-jutsu-no subete

Above book is entitled Ninjutsu no Rekishi Iga Ryu Ninjutsu no Subete (The History of Ninjutsu - Everything on Iga Ryu Ninjutsu) by Okuse Heishichiro. The printing date is June 1992.

Hiden-to jitsurei 1964 Ninpo - Sono Hiden to Jitsurei (Ninpo Secret Teachings and Examples) signed by Okuse Heishichiro

Above extremely rare signed book is entitled Ninpo - Sono Hiden to Jitsurei (Ninpo Secret Teachings and Examples) by Okuse Heishichiro. This is the first printing of the book dated October 10, 1964. See a later printing below.

Above book is entitled Hiden-to jitsurei by Okuse Heishichiro. The printing date is September 5, 1995.

Above book is entitled Zokukin Hisei Dan Taiyoji Ishikawa Goemon (The Sincere Talk about the Bandit’s Prohibited Secrets - The Ishikawa Goemon Biography) by Tobu Zanko and revised by Okuse Heishichiro. The printing date is October 1, 1977. This book is a full-length novel that was published in the Edo Period. Goemon Ishikawa is very famous in Japan (almost all Japanese know the name, Goemon Ishikawa and Goemon Buro)  and is said to have been a Ninja. (1558-1594 opinion is divided on that matter). The original book was published in 1772-1783 (Edo Period) and Japan's feudal government prohibited publishing it. It was composed of 30 stories. Goemon Ishikawa is supposedly a Ninja who comes from Iga, so it is natural that Okuse paid attention to this book. Okuse says "If I hadn't translated this book, the first material of Goemon Ishikawa wouldn't have been known to everyone."

Ishikawa Goemon (石川 五右衛門 1558-1594) was a famous Japanese thief similar to Robin Hood. He was put to death after failing to assassinate Toyotomi Hideyoshi. Sentenced to death by being boiled alive in an iron cauldron along with his young son, legends say that he attempted to hold his son above the boiling water as long as he could. A large iron kettle-shaped bathtub is called a Goemon-buro named after him.

 

Above books are entitled Ninpo Kaiden Shosei no Tetsuri Jo (Total Transmission of Ninpo First Volume) 331 pages (book on the left) printing date December 20, 1978 and published December 30, 1978 and the other is entitled Ninpo Kaiden Shosei no Tetsuri Ge (Total Transmission of Ninpo Second Volume) 328 pages (book on the right) printing date April 25, 1979 and published May 10, 1979. The author is Okuse Heishichiro Ueno City. Ninpo Kaiden Jo (orange book) is about Okuse Heishichiro columns and essays. Ninpo Kaiden Ge (blue book) is about the historical facts of Ninjutsu.

 

Above book is entitled Shinobi no Mono by Noriyoshi Murayama it is a first edition, first printing from October 1962. An interesting note is that this book is in a Okuse Heishichiro exhibit at the Iga City Museum, see pictures above.

 

Above is a 64 page booklet is entitled Ninjutsu and Majutsu (Ninjutsu and Magic) written by Housui Chiba printed January 7, 1927 and published January 10, 1927. This book explains Ninjutsu and Magic. 

   

Above book is entitled Hojutsu Yarikata Zukai (Illustrated Guidance of Budo Tricks) this was Isamu Fujita's (pen name of Fujita Seiko) first book originally published in 1928. This is a reprinted edition from October 3, 1994. Covers all the classic budo demonstration tricks especially the old yamabushi of Japan were famous for.  

Ninjutsu Hiroku (Ninjutsu in Depth) dated 1936 Slipcase Ninjutsu Hiroku (Ninjutsu in Depth) dated 1936 book This is a triptych by Utagawa Yoshitsuya (1822-1866). It was published in 1861 and depicts Minamoto no Yorimitsu and his men trying to catch the robber chief Hakamadare no Mochisuke, who is helped by a giant serpent Ninjutsu Hiroku (Ninjutsu in Depth) dated 1936 author and printing details

Above book is entitled Ninjutsu Hiroku (Ninjutsu in Depth) by Fujita Seiko (1899-1966). The publisher is Chiyoda Shoin. The printing date is August 18, 1936, this is a first edition, first printing.

    

Above book is a reprinted edition of Ninjutsu Hiroku (Ninjutsu in Depth) by Fujita Seiko. The printing date is March 31, 1991.

Above book is a another reprinted edition of Ninjutsu Hiroku (Ninjutsu in Depth) by Fujita Seiko. The printing date is 1994.

Ninjutsu Towa Book Cover Ninjutsu Towa page 52-53 Ninjutsu Towa Author and Printing details page 102-103

Above is an extremely rare 106 page book entitled Ninjutsu Towa? (What is Ninjutsu?) by Fujita Seiko. The printing date is July 23, 1938 and published July 27, 1938. This book was published by Tokyo Kouenkai Shuppanbu and Hougen Noguchi supervised the publishing. The table of contents includes "The History of Ninjutsu", "The Mission of Ninjutsu", "How to Learn Ninjutsu", "Practicing Ninjutsu", "Ninjutsu walking, flying and underwater techniques", "Tools for Ninjutsu", and "The Mental and Physical Training for Ninjutsu".

Ninjutsu kara Supai Sen e (From Ninjutsu to Spy Warfare) 1942 Cover  Ninjutsu kara Supai Sen e back cover

Ninjutsu kara Supai Sen e inside first page  Ninjutsu kara Supai Sen e inside second page  Ninjutsu kara Supai Sen e author and printing details

Above book is entitled Ninjutsu kara Supai Sen e (From Ninjutsu to Spy Warfare) by Fujita Seiko. A very rare limited edition book since only 3,000 copies were ever printed. The printing date is September 16, 1942.

 

Above book is Shinto Muso Ryu Jojitsu Zukai by Fujita Seiko. The printing date is September 1953. It was printed by Yoshimi Itou and published by Bujutsu Kenku jo.

Ninjutsu Hoten 1955

Above book is entitled Ninjutsu Hoten by Fujita Seiko. The printing date is June 1, 1955. This book was published as a supplement of the Shonen Club (Boys Club). It is a rare and small book 3 x 4.5 inches 96 pages. In the preface of the book Fujita Seiko says "I want you to know the essence of Ninjutsu through Ninjutsu Hoten. Ninjutsu can be acquired through scientific practice."  

Kenpo Gokui Atemi no Sakkatsu-ho Meikai Slipcase front Kenpo Gokui Atemi no Sakkatsu-ho Meikai Slipcase back Kenpo Gokui Atemi no Sakkatsu-ho Meikai Book

Kenpo Gokui Atemi no Sakkatsu-ho Meikai author and printing details Kenpo Gokui Atemi no Sakkatsu-ho Meikai Kenpo Gokui Atemi no Sakkatsu-ho Meikai

Above book is entitled Kenpo Gokui Atemi no Sakkatsu-ho Meikai by Fujita Seiko. It was printed in 1958 and is a first edition first printing.

Doronron Saigo-no ninja (Doronron - The Last Ninja) 1959 Doronron Saigo-no ninja (Doronron - The Last Ninja) author and printing details

Above book is entitled Doronron Saigo-no ninja (Doronron - The Last Ninja), by Fujita Seiko. The editor of the book was an old friend of Fujita, Yosuke Ohira. The above is an original first edition printed on October 15, 1958 and published October 20, 1958.

Above book is entitled Doronron Saigo-no ninja (Doronron - The Last Ninja), by Fujita Seiko the printing date is November 5, 2004. This is a reprint of the original from 1958.

 

Above book is entitled Hiden Ninja no Hon (Book of the Ninja's Secret), written by Akira Nakao supervised by Fujita Seiko printing date March 1, 1963.

Above book is entitled Shurikenjutsu Zukai (Illustrated Shuriken) by Fujita Seiko. It is a first edition, first printing dated June 20, 1964 and published June 30, 1964. This book is unusual since it comes in a box not a slipcase and opens up horizontally. 

Koga Ryu Ninja Ichidaiki (Biography of the Koga Ryu Ninja) front cover Koga Ryu Ninja Ichidaiki (Biography of the Koga Ryu Ninja) back cover

Above book is entitled Koga Ryu Ninja Ichidaiki (Biography of the Koga Ryu Ninja) by Fujita Seiko. This is the first printing from January 20, 1968.

Koga Ryu Ninja Ichidaiki by Fujita Seiko dated December 2001

Above book is entitled Koga Ryu Ninja Ichidaiki (Biography of the Koga Ryu Ninja) by Fujita Seiko. The book's printing date is December 11, 2001 and was published on December 18, 2001. This is the rare hardcover edition with slipcase and obi (paper belt).

 

Above is an impressive book set entitled Chosakushu by Fujita Seiko. This is a four volume set that cost 30,000 yen back in 1986. The four titles are listed below.

Shurikenjutsu Zukai (Illustrated Shuriken Techniques) printing date September 19, 1986.

Hojojutsu Zukai (Illustrated Rope Tying Techniques) printing date September 19, 1986.

Kenpo Gokui Atemi Sakkatsuho Zukai (Illustrated Secret Kenpo Killing Strikes) printing date September 19, 1986.

Shinto Muso Ryu Jojutsu Zukai (Illustrated Shinto Muso-ryu Jojutsu) printing date September 19, 1986.

Fushigna Zasshi (Mysterious Magazine) with Fujita Seiko pictures

Above magazine is entitled Fushigina zasshi (Mysterious magazine). The magazine features an article and pictures of Fujita Seiko and over five pages of Ninjutsu related material. There is a translation of the article see the left side tab. The magazine is dated July 1, 1963.

   

Above is a very old and rare scroll supposedly handwritten by Fujita Seiko himself. The scroll is 6 feet long and 1.3 feet wide.

First picture translates "Any people who are tolerance also embrace a small fire inside of them".

The second picture is his name "Seiko"
 

The third stamp "Mr. Fujita" (the top one) and "Mr. Seiko"(the bottom one).
 

The stamp's "Mr." is not exactly Mr. but in English there is not such a thing I can think of as an equivalent.

The scroll was written in 1926 and is not a copy. This is from Kyushu.

Written by a martial artist Seiko Fujita, who was a descendent of Kouga style ninnjutu.  He was known as “The Last Ninja” and recognizes himself as the 14th of Kouga Ninjutsu descendent.  Besides Kouga Style, he also took over the tradition of Nanban assassin style Kung fu, Joujutsu, Shingetsu style Ninja Star, and so on. However, some other people who also took over some of the Ninjutsu tradition still exist in Japan, so it is not accurate to say he was the last Ninja.  Although, he was the last person who was hired by the Japanese government as a martial artist, therefore in a way he might be the last Ninja in an official record. 

During the WWII he learned Nanban assassin style Kung fu. Some people say that he taught Kouga Style Ninjutsu to someone, but there is no record of that.  He taught Nanban assassin style Kung fu to Kenwa Mabuni and some students from Itou style after the WWII. Among his students, Manzou Iwata took over all the tradition except the Kouga Style Ninjutu that Fujita had.

Fujita collected so many documents about Bujutsu. He also copied a lot of them when those were not for sale. After the death of Fujita, those collections were donated to Odawara City and Odawara City library by his family. There is a library in Odawara City which has a section called “Fujita Seiko Bunko” in honor of his memory.


                          Fujita Seiko in Tokyo August 11, 1934 Original Associated Press Photograph  Fujita Seiko in Tokyo August 11, 1934 Original Associated Press Photograph Information

Above is a rare original Associated Press photograph of Fujita Seiko in Tokyo taken on August 11, 1934.
 

 Ninpo Seikatsu by Masayuki Yamaguchi

Above book is entitled Ninpo Seikatsu (A Ninpo Life) by Masayuki Yamaguchi (1901-1964). This is the original first edition, first printing from February 10, 1963. Yamaguchi has only published two titles (the second one actually being nothing more than a re-print of “Ninja no Seikatsu” under a different title). Ninja no Seikatsu was the primary source of information for Stephen Turnbull’s book, “Ninja – The True Story of Japan’s Secret Warrior Cult”. Turnbull quoted Yamaguchi's work many times in his book.

The above book is divided into 10 sections:

Ninjutsu and its History Iga and Koga
Rise and Decline of Ninjutsu
Ninjutsu and Science
Ninjutsu and Literature
Ninjutsu and Morality
Ninpo the secret techniques of Ninjutsu
Ninjutsu and Jujutsu
Story of Shinobi
Acquaintances of the Ninja
Documents of Ninjutsu such as Bansenshukai, Shoninki, and other related materials
  

Other topics covered are:

The History of Iga-ryu and Koka-ryu Ninjutsu
The Tokugawa family and its connection with the Ninja
Shimabara no Ran and the K˘ka ninja group
Rise and Decline of Ninjutsu
Ninjutsu and suppa
Shinobi medicine
The Shinobi poems of Ise Sabur˘ Yoshimori
Ninjutsu concealment techniques
Infiltration
Tools and weapons
The Ninjutsu hidensho
Kajutsu (Fire Art)

Above book is entitled Ninpo Seikatsu (A Ninpo Life) by Masayuki Yamaguchi The printing date is January 15, 1965. The above book was previously owned by Donn Draeger.

Above book is entitled Ninpo Seikatsu (A Ninpo Life) by Masayuki Yamaguchi. The printing date is May 25, 1992.

Shinobi and Ninja by Masayuki Yamaguchi 2003

The above book is entitled Shinobi and Ninja by Masayuki Yamaguchi. The book is dated July 25, 2003. The book covers: History and Ninjutsu, Rise and Fall of the Ninja, Science of the Ninja, Literary Ninjutsu, Moral Ninjutsu, Magic of the Ninja, Story of Shinobi, Knowledge of the Ninja, Literature on the Ninja, etc. This book is volume 2 of the 15 volume history of the Edo Period series.

  Shuriken by Kanji Naruse Back Cover

Shuriken inside book pages 8-9 Shuriken inside book pages 6-7 Shuriken inside book pages 228-229 Shuriken Author and Printing details

Above book is entitled Shuriken by Kanji Naruse (成瀬 関次)(November 10, 1888 - September 30, 1948). He was the 3rd Headmaster of Negishi Ryu Shurikenjutsu. The printing date is April 15, 1943,  issued April 20, 1943. and is a first edition first printing. In the preface of this book, Kanji Naruse says, "It was more than 40 years ago that I was first interested in the shuriken. It has been 17 years since I try to research the documents on shuriken. I have found that no books on shuriken have been published. Collecting those fragmentary materials, I have published this book as a first book on shuriken." An interesting note is the listed price for both editions of this book is 56.20 yen (on the authors detail page). 

Shuriken by Kanji Naruse dated July 30, 1943 Second Edition Limited to 3,000 copies (author details)

The second republished edition of the book entitled Shuriken by Kanji Naruse printed July 30, 1943 and released in a very limited edition of 2,000 copies (stated inside). The book also differs in feel. This limited edition almost feels like a softcover book.

The above book is entitled Koga-Yashiki to Mochizuki ke Ichizoku (Koga Old Castle and Mochiduki) by Motosada Mochizuki the printing date is April 1, 1959. A book that was not for sale since it was published by his brother Motomi.

Modern Research into Ninjutsu and Sorcery Cover  Modern Research into Ninjutsu and Sorcery Authors Page

Modern Research into Ninjutsu and Sorcery Table of Contents Page  Modern Research into Ninjutsu and Sorcery Table of Contents 2nd Page

I just acquired the oldest Meiji Period book on Ninjutsu in my collection. The above book is entitled 忍術と妖術 : 最新研究 Ninjutsu to yojutsu : saishin kenkyu - (̄Modern Research into Ninjutsu and Sorcery) by Itoh Gingetsu (October 21, 1871-1944), first edition and published on August 20, 1909 (Meiji 42). Itoh Sensei was born Itoh Ginji on October 21st in the Fourth Year of the Meiji Emperor. Ito Gingetsu was taught Ninjutsu from a jonin of Koka/Koga named Tanimura Ihachiro (note: most websites mistakenly uses the name Tanemura, which is incorrect).
 

Here is the table of contents for the above book:

Page 1  - New research of Ninjutsu
Page 1  - Strong person and mischievous person
Page 10 - What's Ninjutsu
Page 16 - The hidden part of the deep side of Ninjutsu
Page 22 - The practice of breathing
Page 29 - Practice of moving and walking fast
Page 35 - The techniques that no one can do normally
Page 44 - The mysterious techniques that anyone can do
Page 51 - Practice to endure the strange and hard situation
Page 57 - Practice of Bujutsu and Jujutsu
Page 65 - The relationship between Ninjutsu and hypnosis that should be adjusted to everyday life
Page 71 - What is is Yojutsu and and the new research of Yojutsu.
Page 76 - The technique to be a rat
Page 83 - The technique of frog and spider
Page 95 - Protection of fire
Page 102 - The author observes the real practice of Ninjutsu
Page 109 - One side of Ninja training method
Page 115 - Writing about Konno Mutsutake

   

Ninjutsu-no Gokui Cover

Above book is entitled Ninjutsu no Gokui (Essential Points of Ninjutsu) by Itoh Gingetsu . The printing date is June 10, 1917, and a 5th edition. The first edition was printed on May 15, 1917 and published May 20, 1917. The above book was originally printed on May 15, 1917 and published May 20, 1917 the second edition was May 25, 1917, third edition was June 1, 1917, fourth edition was June 7, 1917 and fifth edition June 10, 1917.

Inside the above book was a very rare flyer and coupon for a Ninjutsu lecture by Itoh Gingetsu. The lecture was on June 23 and the 24 (not sure of the year) at 6:00 pm at Sintomi-za Kyobashi. It was sponsored by Chuo-News Paper. The lecture was called "Ninjutsu Experience" by invitation. The card reads "If you bring this card you can enter with 20 % off the original price. One card applies only for one person." Also, Shintomi-za was a Kabuki theatre from 1872-1923. It closed down after being burnt down by Kantou earth quake of 1923.

 

Ninjutsu no Gokui Front Book Cover by Eric Michael Shahan 2012  Ninjustu no Gokui signed page by Eric Michael Shahan  Ninjustu no Gokui hanko page by Eric Michael Shahan

Above is a wonderful English translation of the Gingetsu Itoh Japanese book Ninjutsu no Gokui by Eric Michael Shahan. It has been graciously signed and sent to me by the author Eric Shahan from Japan.

 

Secrets of Ninjutsu Anybody Can Use Book Cover 1925  Secrets of Ninjutsu Anybody Can Use Back Cover 1925  Secrets of Ninjutsu Anybody Can Use Printing Details 1925

Secrets of Ninjutsu Anybody Can Use Page 84-85 Secrets of Ninjutsu Anybody Can Use Page 90-91 Secrets of Ninjutsu Anybody Can Use Page 42-43

Above is an extremely rare Ninjutsu book, first time I have ever seen this. The book is called Secrets of Ninjutsu Anybody Can Use Although it has an unknown author it lists Itoh Gingetsu as there sensei (teacher) perhaps written by one of his students. The book is dated January 11, 1925 and was originally published on December 20, 1924. It also includes pictures from Ito Gingetsu original 1917 book Ninjutsu-no Gokui (Essential Points of Ninjutsu).

Ninjutsu Gokui Hidensho Gendai Jin no Ninjutsu Slipcase  Ninjutsu Gokui Hidensho

Above book with slipcase is entitled Ninjutsu Gendaijin (Ninjutsu: Illustrated and Defined for the Modern People or A Practical Method for Applying Ninjutsu for the Modern Person) by Itoh Gingetsu. The printing date is May 5, 1937 first edition, first printing. Ninjutsu Gokui Hidensho contains information on topics such as tonpo (escape methods), shoten no jutsu (ascending to the heavens), shinobi arukiho (stealthy walking methods) and much more. The table of contents also includes: Essence of Ninjutsu, way of the Ninja, traditional practice methods of the Ninja (Basic, Intermediate and Advanced) and current practice methods of the Ninja. 

Gendaijin no Ninjutsu Translation by Eric Shahan Book Cover   Gendaijin no Ninjutsu Translation by Eric Shahan Signed Book   Gendaijin no Ninjutsu Translation by Eric Shahan hanko

Above is a wonderful English translation of the Gingetsu Itoh Japanese book  Ninjutsu Gendaijin by Eric Michael Shahan. I just received in the mail today (11-9-2013) above book and it has been graciously signed and sent to me by the author Eric Shahan from Japan.

 

Ninjutsu for Modern People 1937 dustjacket Ito Gingetsu

Above is a rare dust jacket for the above book Ninjutsu For Modern People by Ito Gingetsu. I saw this on a web site but unfortunately the book was already purchased. A very unusual cover.

Ninjutsu Gokui Hidensho reprint from 1955

Above book is entitled Ninjutsu Gokui Hidensho Gendai Jin no Ninjutsu  (Essential Secrets Teachings of Modern Ninjutsu) by Itoh Gingetsu. This is a reprinted edition from October 1, 1955 and published October 10, 1955. See original edition listed above.

Ninjutsu Gokui Hidensho Gendai Jin no Ninjutsu dated 2000 Ninjutsu Gokui Hidensho Gendai Jin no Ninjutsu Back dated 2000 Ninjutsu Gokui Hidensho Gendai Jin no Ninjutsu author printing details dated 2000

Above book is entitled Ninjutsu Gokui Hidensho Gendai Jin no Ninjutsu  (Essential Secrets Teachings of Modern Ninjutsu) by Itoh Gingetsu. This is a reprinted edition from January 28, 2000. See original edition listed above.

Above book is entitled Koga Ninpo cho Iga Ninpo cho Volume 4 by Fuutarou Yamada and is a first edition, first printing dated April 20, 1972.

 

Above book is entitled Ninja Chibikki Dojo by Masaaki Hatsumi. This book was also published under the name Kimi ni mo nareru Ninja. This is a first edition, first printing dated October 10, 1974.

Front Cover  Back Cover

Above book is entitled Togakure Ninpo-ryu (Living Wisdom - Ways of looking at things and thinking about things) by Masaaki Hatsumi. This is a first printing date from February 28, 1975.

Front Cover of Slipcase  Back Cover of Slipcase

Above book is entitled Sengoku Ninpo Zukan (Sengoku Ninjutsu Pictorial Encyclopedia) by Masaaki Hatsumi. The printing date is April 10, 1978.

 

Above book is entitled Togakure Ryu Ninpo Taijutsu by Masaaki Hatsumi. This book had a very small print circulation. This is a first edition, first printing dated April 25, 1983.

Front Cover  Back Cover

Above book is entitled Hiden Ninja Submission (Secret Legend of Ninja Submission) by Masaaki Hatsumi. The printing date is December 20, 1991.

Front Cover  Back Cover

Above book is entitled Ima Ninja (Now Ninja) by Masaaki Hatsumi. The printing date is January 20, 1981 first edition first printing.

Above book is entitled Ima Ninja-Kono Chitekihen shinjutsu. The printing date is February 15, 2001 reprint of the original.

Above book is entitled Kore-ga Ninjutsu by Koyama Ryutaro (1917-1995). The printing date is July 20, 1963.

Ninjutsu Subete (Everything on Ninjutsu) by Koyama Ryutaro Front Book Cover Ninjutsu Subete (Everything on Ninjutsu) by Koyama Ryutaro Back Book Cover Ninjutsu Subete (Everything on Ninjutsu) by Koyama Ryutaro Page 56-57 Ninjutsu Subete (Everything on Ninjutsu) by Koyama Ryutaro Page 168-169 Ninjutsu Subete (Everything on Ninjutsu) by Koyama Ryutaro Page 172-173 Ninjutsu Subete (Everything on Ninjutsu) by Koyama Ryutaro Page 54-55

Above is a very rare hardcover book entitled Ninjutsu Subete (Everything on Ninjutsu) by Koyama Ryutaro. This book has some very early pictures of a young Masaaki Hatsumi. The printing date is December 20, 1964 and is a first edition first printing.

Front Cover Shinsetsu Nihon Ninja Retsuden Signed by Koyama Ryutaro Back Cover

Above signed book is entitled Shinsetsu Nihon Ninja Retsuden (True Biography and Descriptions of the Ninja) by Koyama Ryutaro. The printing date is October 15, 1964 and is a first edition, first printing. It has been signed by the author Koyama Ryutaro.

Above book is entitled Shinsetsu Nihon Kengo den (Legend of the Japanese Sword Fighters) by Koyama Ryutaro. The printing date is January 31, 1964.

Above book is entitled Shinsetu Ninja to Ninjutsu (Truth of Ninja and Ninjutsu) by Koyama Ryutaro. The printing date is July 20, 1965.

Above book is entitled Shinobi no Sato no Kiroku (A Record of the Ninja Village) by Ishikawa Masatomo (1931- ). The dust jacket says," This is an interesting book, which explains the mysterious life of the Ninja and the history with many ancient documents and field research." The printing date is October 1, 1982 and is a first edition first printing.

This book is divided into the following parts:

Origin of Ninjutsu the author explains the Bansenshukai
Hometown of Ninja and its legends
The History of Koga and Iga
Ninja in History
The Life of a Ninja

 

Above book is entitled Ninja by Tobe Shinjuro (1926-2003) who was born in Ishikawa prefecture. It is a first edition, first printing dated July 28, 1978 and published August 8, 1978. Tobe Shinjuro was a very well respected Ninjutsu history researcher in Japan. He has written five different non-fiction titles on the topic. Mr. Shinguro is well-known for focusing primarily on the historical aspects of Ninjutsu, the origins of the art, its development, experiences in history, how the Ninja were known and the various famous characters in Ninjutsu. Characters such as Momochi Tanba, Hattori Hanzo, Fujibayashi Nagato, Kusunoki Masashige etc. He has additionally written several articles and columns for various Rekishi Dokuhon publications on Ninjutsu.

 

Above book is entitled Ninjutsu by Tobe Shinjuro. It is a first edition first printing from April 20, 1989.

Above book is entitled Ninja-to tozoku (Ninja and Thieves) by Tobe Shinjuro. The printing date is June 1, 1998.

Above title covers topics such as:

- The source of the Ninja
- Iga mono and Koka mono
- Tensho Iga no Ran
- Momochi Tanba
- Hattori Hanzo
- Spies of the Taihei era
- Sarutobi Sasuke
- Nusubito
- Suppa & rappa
- Ishikawa Goemon
- Fuma Kotaro
 

Above book is entitled Ninja to Ninjutsu by Tobe Shinjuro. The printing date is May 25, 2001. This was his fourth work.

This above book covers topics such as:

- Strategy and Ninjutsu
- Hattori Hanzp
- Momochi Tanba
- Fujibayashi Nagato
- Tensh˘ Iga no Ran
- Ninjutsu hidensho
- The Koka/Koga families
- The yamabushi

Above book is entitled Ninja to Ninjutsu published by Gakken. The printing date is October 5, 2003.

Ninjutsu by Adachi Ken'ichi Page 122-123

Above book is entitled Ninjutsu by Adachi Ken'ichi (1913-1985). The book was printed on December 15, 1957 and published on December 20, 1957 and is a  first edition first printing. An interesting note is on page 122 it has the same picture of Fujita Seiko used by Okuse Heishichiro in his 26 page pamphlet entitled Ninjutsu dated October 1956.

Ninpo Gendaijin wa Naze Ninja Ni Akogareruka by Adachi Ken'ichi Page 194-195

Above book is entitled Ninpo Gendaijin wa Naze Ninja Ni Akogareruka by Adachi Ken'ichi, Ozaki Hideki, and Yamada Munemutsu. The printing date is July 23, 1964 and is a first edition, first printing. The book is divided into three parts:

1. The Birth of Ninjutsu

2. The World of Shinobi

3. Ninpo in the Media

Above is a vintage pamphlet entitled Koga Ryu Ninjutsu House. It is an old Koga Ryu Yashiki pamphlet. The publisher is Toshikaza Kimura and the printer is Okada. There is no printed date mentioned. 

Above book is entitled Ninjutsu House History of Koga-Ryuby the Koga Ryu Ninjutsu Yashiki. It is a 2nd edition from December 2003, the first edition was April 1993.

Story of Ninjutsu Book Front Cover Story of Ninjutsu Book Page 18-19 Story of Ninjutsu Book Page 20-21 Story of Ninjutsu Book Back Cover

Above book is entitled Ninjutsu no hanashi:Ninjutsu o eguru (Story of Ninjutsu). The author is Iyama Kyoiku Shuppansha henshubu (Iyama Educational Publishing Company) of Iga Ueno. This 21 page booklet was printed on March 10, 1952 and published March 15, 1952.

Basho and the home of Ninjutsu by Iga Ueno 1966

Above picture book is entitled Basho and the Home of Ninjutsu by Iga-Ueno City. This is a two part book, first half is about the famous Edo period poet Matsuo Basho (1644-1694) who was born near Ueno in Iga Province and Ninjutsu which had many famous clans from Iga Province. The printing date is September 20, 1966 and is a first edition, first printing.

Above booklet is entitled Iga Ryu Ninjutsu and is authored by Iga-Ueno City. The printing date is July 27, 1977.

ninjutsu Stamp booklet

Above is entitled Ninjutsu Volume 3. It contains stamps along with a story of Ninjutsu that were issued by the Ueno City Post Office and published October 1976.

Above book is entitled Ninja-no Keifu (A Genealogy of the Ninja) by Mori Senzo printing date is July 20, 1972 and is a first edition, first printing.

Above book is Ninjutsu Hiden no Sho (Ninjutsu Book of Secrets) by Nakashima Atumi (1944 - ) printing date is February 25, 1994. The author is the Soke of Hoki-ryu Jujutsu. This book explains the world of Shinobi based upon historical materials such as the Bansenshukai and Shoninki.

Shoninki by Nakajima Atumi August 20, 1996 Front Slipcase Shoninki by Nakajima Atumi August 20, 1996 Back Slipcase Shoninki by Nakajima Atumi author and printing details

Above book and slipcase with obi (paper belt) is entitled Shoninki. The book is dated August 20, 1996 and is a first edition first printing. The author of the book is Nakashima Atumi.

Above book is entitled Iga Koga Shinobi no subete (All about the secret of Ninja in Iga and Koga). It was printed on September 25, 2002.

Above book is entitled Ninja to Ninjutsu and published August 20, 2007.

Above book is entitled Sengoku Funn Shinobi no Sato (Secret Valley of the Ninja). This book introduces the Ninja Villages such as Iga, Koga, Negoro, Sanada and Togakure with many photos. It was printed on October 26, 1999.

 

     

Above magazine is entitled Ninja yomikiri shousetu (Ninja Short Stories) it was published in November 1963. It has an article and early pictures of Masaaki Hatsumi and his teacher Takamatsu Toshitsugu. There are pictures of the two of them on the movie set of the series Shinobi No Mono. Takamatsu Toshitsugu was the technical and historical adviser to the film and the fight scenes were supervised by the Masaaki Hatsumi. 

 

Above magazine is entitled Rekishi Dokuhon and is dated April 1963.

Above magazine is entitled Rekishi Dokuhon and is dated August 1964. It is one of the magazines that is displayed in the Okuse Heishichiro exhibit at the Iga City Museum, see pictures above.

Above magazine is entitled Rekishi Dokuhon and is dated March 1979.

Above magazine is entitled Rekishi Dokuhon and is dated April 1980. There is an 80 page article on the author of the Ninpiden Hattori Hanzo. Various historical magazine-books such as the Rekishi Dokuhon (History Reading Books) and Rekishi Gunz˘ Shiriizu (History Group Series) covering the topic of Ninjutsu in a variety of ways have been published throughout the years. These are actually very good as they often give excellent general overviews of the areas they cover. In addition, they typically also contain many beautiful color and black & white photos of historical places, weapons etc.
The above edition of the Rekishi Dokuhon, “Hattori Hanzo to Tokugawa Onmitsu Soshiki”, deals with the topic of the famous Iga jonin Hattori Hanz˘ Masanari and the part he played in managing the Tokugawa Secret Organization (also known as the Tokugawa Secret Police). The book contains very interesting historical information on Hattori Hanzo, including his personal background, as well as various short stories of fiction regarding the Secret Police and their leader. 

Above magazine is entitled Rekishi Dokuhon and is dated March 1982. Yumio Nawa wrote and article on the Development of the Ninja in this issue. Also this magazine is in a Okuse Heishichiro exhibit at the Iga City Museum, see pictures above.

The above magazine is is entitled Rekishi to Tabi and is dated October 1981.

The above magazine is is entitled Rekishi to Tabi and is dated April 1983. Many authors wrote articles for this edition, Yumio Nawa, Okuse Heishichiro, Masaaki Hatsumi, Tobe Shinjuro and Someki Shunichiro. 

Above book is entitled Ketteiban Ninja no subete (All About Ninja) Rekishi Dokuhon (name of magazine) Rinji Zoukan (extra issue) Rekishi Roman series. The authors were Yumio Nawa, Tobe Shinjuro,  Okuse Heishichiro, Masaaki Hatsumi (approximately 30 other authors as well). The book was written on November 9, 1991 and published December 7, 1991. This was an extra issue as a Ninja special for December for the monthly magazine of History.

Ninjutsu Taizen (Ninjutsu/Shinobi Encyclopedia) Cover  Ninjutsu Taizen (Ninjutsu/Shinobi Encyclopedia) Page 16-17  Ninjutsu Taizen (Ninjutsu/Shinobi Encyclopedia) Page 46-47

Above is a book entitled Ninjutsu Taizen (Ninjutsu/Shinobi Encyclopedia). The author of the book is Rekishi Gunzo Henshubu by Gakken. The book is dated April 14, 2009.

The above book is entitled Shinobi no Mono 132 nin de-ta fairu (Shinobi no Mono Data File on 132 People) the author is Rekishi Dokuhon (name of magazine) This book was printed on April 12, 2001 and published May 12, 2001. Within the Rekishi Dokuhon publications there have been several subjects dealing with Ninjutsu. This particular publication, however, was a special one. It is in the style of a miniature encyclopedia of Ninja and Ninjutsu – it contains (as indicated by the title) short biographies of 132 different people involved with Ninjutsu in one way or the other – real and fictitious. People such as Hattori Hanzo Masanari, Momochi Tanba, Kirigakure Saiz˘, Fuma Kotaro, Ishikawa Goemon, Kusunoki Masashige, Yamada Hachiemon, Yamamoto Kansuke and more. In addition, the book contains chapters on different terms used for Ninja (shinobi no mono, suppa, rappa, kusa, kanja etc.), names of various techniques and methods (tonp˘, inp˘, battle strategy, infiltration tactics etc.) and the various tools and weapons of Ninjutsu (divided into clothing, medicine & food, weapons, fire tools, climbing tools, water tools and breaking-and-entering tools). The book also contains chapters of history on the Iga Ninja (originally written by the famous Ninjutsu researchers Okuse Heishichiro and Yumio Nawa), the Koka Ninja, the Ninja of Takeda, the Ninja of Uesugi, Ninja of the Hojo (the Fuma Shinobi), the Ninja of Sanada Yukimura (Kirigakure Saizo and Sarutobi Sasuke being two of them) and more.

Above book is entitled Ninja by Rekishi Graffiti (Yumio Nawa, Koyama Ryutaro, Tobe Shinjuro, Ishikawa Masakazu and several other authors as well). Some the articles are Modern Life and Ninjutsu, The Origin of Ninjutsu by Yumio Nawa, Koga People and Iga People by Shunichiro Someki. The printing date is December 1, 1993.

Front Cover  Back Cover

Above comic book is entitled Sarutobi Kumogakure Ninjutsu Tengu Ibun (Ninjutsu Tengu Monster Story) the author is Shinichiro Enomoto the printing date is November 5, 1948.

   

Three  Makimono above. Left: Iga Ryu Ninjutsu Hiden No Sho Chi No Maki printed in 1986 (The Secret Densho of Iga Ryu Ninjutsu, Chapter on Ground)Center: Iga ryu Ninjutsu Hiden no Sho No No Maki printed 2000 (The Secret Densho of Iga ryu Ninjutsu, Chapter on Survival Life of the Ninja and Outdoor Activities), Right: Iga ryu Ninjutsu Hiden no Sho Shoku no Maki printed in 2000 (The Secret Densho of Iga Ryu Ninjutsu, Chapter on Foods) All three Densho were composed by Revival Preservation Association of Iga Ryu Ninjutsu.

The above is Ninjutsu hisho ogiden no kan (The copy of Koga ryu Ninjutsu Densho, Makimono style) It is originally composed by Mochizuki Shigeie in Tenbun era. Mochizuki Shigeie was a Koga Ryu Ninja. Mochizuki family was head of the Koga Gokusan Ke (53 families of Koga Ryu Ninjutsu). His father is Koga Saburo Kaneie. Koga Saburo Kaneie has a place of honor in Aekuni shrine. Saburo Kaneie is said to have been the founder of Iga and Koga ryu Ninpo. The original copy seems to have been written in Tenbun(天文) 5 or 1536. I have read also this may have been written in 1586 or Tensho 14.

 Ninjutsu hisho ogiden no kan with wooden box    Ninjutsu hisho ogiden no kan with extra part

The above is another copy of Ninjutsu hisho ogiden no kan. This one comes is a nice wooden box and has additional writing not found in the above smaller densho that's pictured above. This one is also larger in size. 

The above very small Hidensho is entitled Iga Ryu Ninjutsu Hidensho Nazono Maki II (Iga Ryu Ninjutsu Secret Notes Mystery Version II).

Above scroll was printed by the tourism company Biwako Tower and entitled Koga Ryu Ninpo Special Scroll.

 Ninjutsu Tora no Maki by Fujita Seiko Box Front  Ninjutsu Tora no Maki by Fujita Seiko Box Back Ninjutsu Tora no Maki by Fujita Seiko

Above is a very rare scroll entitled Ninjutsu Tora no maki by Fujita Seiko. This very rare scroll comes with the original Japanese box and its the first time I have seen it. The back of the box reads Yakyu Shonen forgatsu go Furoku (Baseball Boys April). The date on the box is April 1, 1955 and was a supplement that came with a magazine called Baseball Boys.

Ninja Shonen Cover 1964   Ninja Page 2-3 Shonen Club Supplement 1964  Ninja Page 10-11 Shonen Club Supplement 1964

Above booklet is entitled Ninja. The printing date is April 1, 1964. This booklet was published as a supplement of the magazine Shonen Club (Boys Club).

The above book is entitled Bansenshukai Yonin Hen. Yonin Hen explains the Ninja way of sneaking unnoticed into enemy camps or people's houses. How to sneak, how to search the enemy’s territory, how to tell a lie, disguise, camouflage, etc. The author is Fujibayashi Masutake and the printing is a first edition from November 25, 1981. The translator is Yunoki Shunichiro Superintendent of Koga Ninjutsu Museum). Yunoki has translated the book called “Bansensukai”, which consists of 1700 important manuscripts related to the art of the ninja in modern Japanese language. Mr. Yunoki’s ancestors originally served in a high rank of the local Lord Yamaoka Doami during the Sengoku period (16th Century) and were responsible for the creation of major shrines during the Edo period.

The above book is is entitled Iga Ryu Ninjutsu Inka no Maki (The Densho of Iga Ryu Ninjutsu, Chapter of Concealed Fire). The owner of original Densho was Fujita Seiko. The Densho was composed before 1500. Reprinted by Iga Ninja Museum April 2004. Limited to 500 copies.

Ninpiden Box

Ninpiden Volume 1  Ninpiden Volume 2

Ninpiden Kaisetsu Volume 2 Pages 4-5  Ninpiden Kaisetsu Volume 2 Pages 2-3  Ninpiden Kaisetsu Volume 2 Page 1  Ninpiden Kaisetsu Volume 2 Pages 10-11

The above top book is the Ninpiden (originally written in 1653 and composed of 4 volumes) Box Cover. The book on the left is entitled Ninpiden Volume 1. This first volume is an exact replica of the Ninpiden printed on traditional Japanese rice paper. The book on the right is entitled Ninpiden Kaisetsu, Kazo Bunken Shomoku Volume 2 (Explanation and Private Documents Table of the Ninpiden). The second volume, modern printing, contains an explanation of the Ninpiden with a brief history of the individuals and family related to the author. Also, an extensive listing of key historical Ninjutsu documents, with a short summary of each, up to the Taisho Era (1911-1925). Included is 12 pages of close up photos of many of the scrolls and manuscripts mentioned. The author of Volume 1 is Hattori Hanzo (1542-1596). The author and editor of Volume 2 is Okimori Naosaburo, owner of the original Densho. The publisher was Ueno shi Meitengai. The printing date of both volumes is January 10, 1971. This was a limited edition printing and very rare with Okimori Naosaburo stamped seal on the last page.

Himitsu Shakaigaku (Secret Social Science) by Inoue Kichijiro Slipcase  Himitsu Shakaigaku (Secret Social Science) by Inoue Kichijiro Book Cover

Above book is entitled Himitsu Shakaigaku (Secret Social Science) by Inoue Kichijiro. The book has a printing date of February 9, 1935 and a published date of February 15, 1935 and is a first edition, first printing. There are several sections on Ninjutsu that starts on page 133 and ends on page 152. There is another section on Koga Ryu which starts on page 153 and ends on page 162. Lastly there is a section on Iga Ryu that starts on page 163 and ends on page 172.


Above book is entitled Ninpo Chojin-no sekai (Japanese Rationality and Knowledge in Ninpo) by Yousuke Oohei (1904 - ) the printing date is October 20, 1975. The book is divided into 4 parts. Real World of Shinobi, Science Explain Ninpo, The Secret of How to Exercise Ninpo and Traditional Health Management Method.

Above book is entitled Kore ga Ninjutsu da by Masayuki Fujimoto (1948 - ) It is a first edition first printing from 1978.

Above book is entitled Ninjutsu Gokuicho (Ninjutsu Secret Notebook) the printing date is July 1, 1964. The editor is Isao Ishizaka and publisher is Shirou Soga. It was an additional pamphlet for the train magazine Bokura Volume 10.

Above book is entitled Koga Ryu Ninjutsu by Fukuyama Shosui. The publisher is Jinrui Kagaku Kenkyujo. The book was printed on October 26, 1953 and published November 3, 1953. In the preface of this book, the author says "Fortunately, I was born in Shiga prefecture, which is famous for Koga Ryu Ninjutsu. It has been 18 years since I have worked for the police in Shiga prefecture. I have started to research the essence of Koga-ryu Ninjutsu." The author was born in Koga in Shiga Prefecture. He was hired by Shiga Prefecture Police Department. He eventually was promoted up to the Principal of Shiga Prefecture Police Academy. Koka City is located in Shiga Prefecture. The word 'Koka' is often rendered as 'Koga' in English and was originally pronounced Koku-ryu Ninjutsu.

 Ninja Techou (Ninja Handbook) Cover  Ninja Techou (Ninja Handbook) inside  Ninja Techou (Ninja Handbook) inside 2  Ninja Techou (Ninja Handbook) inside 3

Above booklet is entitled Ninja Techou (Ninja Handbook). The publisher is Bunundo. This 48 page handbook has no listed author but has a calendar dated from 1964 and 1965 in the back of the book. 

Above book is entitled Ninja no Labyrinth by Amano Hitoshi it is a first edition, first printing from November 12, 2001.

Above book is entitled Iga Ryu Ninjutsu Hiden-no-sho by Hiromito Kuroi and published by the Iga Ueno Sight Seeing Association. The first edition was printed March 20, 1999. This is a 2nd edition from February 1, 2003. The articles in the book came from a very famous newspaper called Yomiuri Shinbun in Japan.

Above book is entitled Ninja Zukan (Picture Reference of the Ninja) by Hiromito Kuroi and Yoshifumi Hasegawa the printing date is June 25, 2000. This is a 2nd edition from March 20, 2001.

Above booklet is entitled Iga-ryu Ninja Godo by Hiromito Kuroi and is undated.

Above pamphlet is entitled Ninjutsu ten and is a museum pamphlet published by the Ueno Tourism Association and is dated April 16, 2007.

Above book is entitled Ninja-no shuren by Kimura Fumihira. It is a first edition first printing dated June 15, 1965.

Above book is entitled Sengoku Ninja-den (Ninja in the Sengoku Period) by Jun Miyazaki (1933-1981) and is a first edition, first printing dated July 10, 1974 and published December 30, 1974.

Table of Contents

Hojo Rappa
Dosan Saito and Ninja
Nobunaga Oda and Iga no Ran
Shingen Takeda and Ninja
Ieyasu Tokugawa and Iga, Koga
Ninjutsu Encyclopedia
Reference Materials

Above book is entitled (Ranger Ninpo) Ninpo Ranger by Jun Miyazaki  the printing date is August 10, 1979. This is a 7th edition from April 15, 1984.

Above book is entitled Zukkoke Ninja (There is a Goofy Ninja in the Class) by Tomonori Hirayama and is a first edition, first printing dated March 20, 1984.

Above book is entitled Ninja Ě Ninjutsu (All Things About Ninja) by Atsushi Yamakita. It is a first edition, first printing from December 7, 2004.

Contents include:

1 - What is a Ninja?
2 - History
3 - Ninja biographies
4 - Abilities of a Ninja
5 - Ninjutsu
6 - Creators of Ninjutsu

Above book is entitled (Ninja Ninpo Daihyakka) Ninja Great Encyclopedia and it is a first edition first printing from 1983. There were several authors and creators. The supervising editor is Masao Sakai.

Above book is entitled (Ninja Ninpo Daihyakka) Ninja Great Encyclopedia and printed in December 14, 1990. The first edition was printed in 1983 see above. There were several authors and creators. The supervising editor is Masao Sakai.

Above book is entitled Koga-no saigetsu (Years and Months in Koga) by Yuzuki Fumikusa and printed in December 15, 1986 and published March 20, 1987.

Above book is entitled Seppuku Ronkou by Tomeo Yagiri (December 22, 1914 - April 28, 1987). it is a first edition first printing dated October 20, 1965.

Above book is entitled Ninjutsu the art of invisibility by Donn Draeger and printed in 1977.

Togakure No Ninja

Above book is entitled Togakure No Ninja by Teizo Shimizu and printed in August 1, 1982. This is is a 5th edition reprint from April 10, 2000.

  

Above book is entitled Fujita Seiko The Last Koga Ninja and signed by the author Phillip T. Hevener dated 2008. A very fascinating book on the life of famed 14th Koga Ryu Soke Fujita Seiko. I contributed an article (see the Ninjutsu Articles tab on left side) to this book which I highly recommend reading. 

  

Above book is one of my prized possessions. It is a first edition first printing of Ninja The Invisible Assassins by Andrew Morris Adams (February 11, 1922 -December 13, 2010) dated 1970. What makes this very very rare is that the book has been signed and dated by both Masaaki Hatsumi and Yumio Nawa.

I just found out that Andy Adams passed away on December 13, 2010.

Andy Adams, 89, passed away at his San Diego home on December 13th. Andy had mild Alzheimer's and some trouble breathing. He wasn't eating, and he had "apparently lost his will to live", according to his nephew Steve Adams. Andy's brother Ed, aka Burke, 92, who also lived in southern California, passed away three months earlier. Andy was cremated and there was a ceremony in San Diego California. Andy is survived by his wife Chieko, his daughter Misa, her husband Rick, two grandchildren, and Burke's wife Doris. The above was posted on the Foreign Correspondent Club of Japan web site.

Andrew Adams author

Ninja The Invisible Assassins signed by Andrew Morris Adams

Above is a page from my signed copy of the book Ninja The Invisible Assassins by Andrew Adams.

 

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