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Bansenshukai (Sasayama) Box set

Bansenshukai (Sasayama) Box set
Sasayama Bansenshukai

Bansenshukai (translated 'Sea of Myriad Rivers Merging') is a Japanese book containing a collection of knowledge from the clans in the Iga and Kōga regions that had been devoted to the training of ninja.

It was compiled by Fujibayashi Sabuji in 1676, in the early years of the Tokugawa shogunate, to preserve the knowledge that had been developed during the near-constant military conflict from the Onin War until the end of the Siege of Osaka almost 150 years later. As well as information on military strategy and weapons, it has sections on the astrological and philosophical beliefs of the times, and along with the Shōninki of 1681 and the Ninpiden of 1655 make up the three major sources of direct information about this shadowy profession.

Ninja and Ninjutsu went into decline and as a result some Ninja from Koga went to the shogun and petitioned him to employ them. To show their skills they handed over a copy of the Bansenshukai. This is that very same Bansenshukai those Ninja handed over to the shogun.

 

 


There are two versions:
1. The Koga Version has twenty-two chapters bound in ten volumes, with an additional one volume attached to it. - Sasayama edition
11th volume is called Bansenshukai Gunyo Hiki
By Sasayama Kagenao from the Ohara han.

2. The Iga Version has twenty-two chapters bound in twelve volumes with an additional four chapters in four volumes attached to it.

Book 1 (Bansenshukai Dai 1 Maki)
Vol 1, Jo, Introduction, Questions and Answers

Book 2 (Bansenshukai Dai 2, 3 Maki)
Vol 2, Seishin 1 (the correct mind 1)
Vol 3, Seishin 2 (the correct mind 2)

Book 3 (Bansenshukai Dai 4, 5, 6, 7 Maki)
Vol 4, Shochi 1, (A Guideline for Commanders 1)
Vol 5, Shochi 2, (A Guideline for Commanders 2)
Vol 6, Shochi 4, (A Guideline for Commanders 4)
Vol 7, Shochi 5, (A Guideline for Commanders 5)

Book 4 (Bansenshukai Dai 8, 9, 10 Maki)
Vol 8, Yo-nin 1 - (Open Disguise 1)
Vol 9, Yo-nin 2 - (Open Disguise 2)
Vol 10, Yo-nin 3 - (Open Disguise 3)

Book 5 (Bansenshukai Dai 11, 12 Maki)
Vol 11, In-nin 1 - (Hidden Infiltration 1)
Vol 12, In-nin 2 - (Hidden Infiltration 2)

Book 6 (Bansenshukai Dai 13 Maki)
Vol 13, In-nin 3 - (Hidden Infiltration 3)

Book 7 (Bansenshukai Dai 14, 15 Maki)
Vol 14, In-nin 4 - (Hidden Infiltration 4)
Vol 15, In-nin 5 - (Hidden Infiltration 5)

Book 8 (Bansenshukai Dai 16, 17 Maki)
Vol 16, Tenji 1 - (Opportunities Bestowed by Heaven 1)
Vol 17, Tenji 2 - (Opportunities Bestowed by Heaven 2)

Book 9 (Bansenshukai Dai 18, 19, 20 Maki)
Vol 18, Ninki 1 - (Ninja Tools 1)
Vol 19, Ninki 2 - (Ninja Tools 2)
Vol 20, Ninki 3 - (Ninja Tools 3)

Book 10 (Bansenshukai Dai 21, 22 Maki)
Vol 21, Ninki 4 - (Ninja Tools 4)
Vol 22, Ninki 5 - (Ninja Tools 5)

Book 11 (Bansenshukai Gunyo Hiki Zen)
The Bansenshukai Gunyo-hiki - (Secrets on Essential Military Principles)
by Sasayama Kagenao of the Ohara Clan

Weight - 5.45kg
Size (Box closed) W 18.5cm x H 9cm x L25cm

Contents -
-11 handmade books in Yotsume toji (4 hole style).
-Cloth covered in cotton (Red, Blue, Green, Black).
-Red waxed cord stitching.
-Black Buffalo horn Kozane (wedges) - hand made
-Approximately 500 sheets of paper (1000 pages).
-Each book is labelled using digitised reproductions of the original labels from the original books.

 

 

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