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Samurai and Ninja: The Real Story Behind the Japanese by Antony Cummins

By Antony Cummins

The myths of the noble Samurai and the sinister Ninja are full of romantic myth and fallacy.

Samurai and Ninja specialist Antony Cummins shatters the myths and exposes the real nature of those very real—and very lethal—medieval eastern warriors. The Samurai and Ninja have been actually brutal killing machines proficient in torture and soaked in machismo. Many have been expert horsemen and sword-fighting experts, whereas others have been masters of deception and sabotage. a few fought for loyalty, others for private achieve. What those warriors
all shared in universal used to be their unflinching own bravery, ability and brutality.

In Samurai and Ninja, Cummins separates fantasy from truth and indicates why the japanese have been the best warriors of all time:
He describes the Samurai and the Ninja as they honestly have been in prior instances while battles raged throughout Japan—not in later instances whilst conflict grew to become out of date and jap warriors turned philosophers, students and courtiers.
He describes the social context of the day and the feudal international into which the soldiers have been expert to struggle and die for his or her lords.
He exposes the primarily brutal nature of war in medieval Japan.

This booklet is illuminated via many infrequent eastern manuscripts and texts that are translated into English.

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The system of use would change from camp to camp, but a samurai would expect that the camp would be awoken in a “call the hands” fashion, and then it would be “hands to breakfast” and “form divisions,” etc. The conch shell would sound out and gain a response from the men of the camp, depending on the arrangements made. Drums The times of the day and the beat of the war march would sound out from the drum. Japanese hours are called toki, and the day is divided up into twelve toki. —thus drums are used to measure time in the camp and to keep men in step when marching.

The image of the Japanese battle camp should be one of a working community on the move. The smell of the latrines is thick in the air. The food is cooking, and the fire smoke rises. Huts and shelters would be in neat formations (if the commander is experienced) while the fences would be erected on soil banks. Signals and drums would sound out and orders would be given. Nearby a merchant train with gambling and prostitution would follow. Entry in and out of the camp would only be permitted with strict permission; and with the use of identifying markers/passwords.

2. Ashigaru—Foot soldiers, ashigaru can either be temporary or permanent and may be retained in large groups by wealthy lords. 3. Chugen—Direct servants to the samurai, these will place the shoes of the samurai ready for him to step into, help him with tasks and serve him in his daily activity. 4. Komono—Servants who do tasks around a samurai’s house and deal with menial issues. In a samurai household, the master is the head. His chugen will aid him and the komono will make the fires, cut wood, etc.

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