Japanese books about Ninjutsu & other Bujinkan martial arts

There is a separate page for Bujinkan books in English, Spanish, German, French, etc.

Note: This bibliography has been compiled over many years, originally as part of my Bufū Ikkan booklet. It's not perfect, and there is plenty of superfluous (and possibly wrong) information, but I hope it may be of interest. In particular, the English transcriptions or translations of Japanese titles and names are merely intended as a rough guide. If you happen to have any of the older books here, please let me know as I may be interested in purchasing them! Links from ISBN numbers are to Amazon JP, although I have not yet checked the availability of all the books listed: please let me know if you spot any corrections or additions. The page is best viewed with software capable of displaying Japanese text (now encoded as UTF-8).

Any numbers here which are unlinked and not in the 10-digit ISBN format are likely to be publishers' internal numbers or Diet Library classification numbers (e.g. 789 is martial arts amongst which 789.8 is Ninjutsu). This information is only really useful for tracking down rare books via inter-library loans. Japanese names are in Japanese order.

Photos of the covers of many of these books are shown at Robert Gruzanski's site.


BOOKS BY DR HATSUMI (初見良昭)

TitleDatePublisherISBN etc.Notes
忍者/忍法画報20/11/64秋田書店8076-215004-0028¥280
Ninja/Ninpo Gaho Ninja/Ninpō Gahō Akita Shoten
ものの見方、考方 戸隠流忍法・生きる知恵/75土屋書店1013072, Y84-1332, 75B-201119cm, 254p, ¥980 same as below. Cover actually says "戸隠忍法流" (in later editions too)
Togakure-ryu, Ikiru Chie Togakure-ryū Tsuchiya Shoten
秘伝戸隠流忍法30/6/91土屋書店4-8069-0240-1254p, ¥1130 same as above (reprinted many times; 2005 reprint)
Hiden Togakure-ryu Togakure-ryū Tsuchiya Shoten
戦国忍法図鑑4/78新人物往来社789.8, 78W12742, FS37-163, FS3722cm, 208p, ¥2500, 国図 78-9884, 年表 201-4 + Higuchi Kiyoyuki 樋口清之
Sengoku Ninpo Zukan Sengoku Ninpō Zukan Shin Jinbutsu Oraisha Ōraisha
いま忍者 この知的変身術1/81潮文社0239-0239-466418cm rib, 227p, ¥680, 17/11/56 81-42332, Y84-4286, 030024-284, 789.8, 81W28447; 2/01 reprint 227p, 19cm, ¥1260
Ima NinjaChobunsha Chōbunsha
戸隠流忍法体術4/83新人物往来社FS37, FS37-283, 789.8, 83WO3672, 030024-290, JP83-31395267p, ¥4800, 26/7/58, 22cm
Ninpo Taijutsu Ninpō Shin Jinbutsu Oraisha Ōraisha
ナイフ・ピストル ファイティング7/83土屋書店4-8069-0238-321cm, 205p, ¥1200, 9/10/59 789.9, 83W63655, Y77-6510, 030024-316, JP84-45043; 8/01 reprint; 2005 reprint
Knife / Pistol FightingTsuchiya Shoten
半棒術・十手術・鉄扇術11/83土屋書店4-8069-0239-X21cm, 182p, ¥1500, 789.4, 83W63659, Y77-6509, 9/10/59, 030024-315, JP84-45051; 2005 reprint
Hanbo / Jutte / Tessen Hanbō Tsuchiya Shoten
君にもなれる忍者1/84曙出版4-7508-0330-8190p; a.k.a. Ninpo Kids' Dojo? Ninpō Kids' Dōjō
Kimi-ni-mo nareru NinjaAkebono Shuppan
槍術 (写真で覚える槍術)/86土屋書店4-8069-0245-4175p, ¥1800; 1/84?; 2005 reprint
Sojutsu Sōjutsu (Learn Yari from Photos) Tsuchiya Shoten
棒術 (写真で覚える棒術)4/86土屋書店4-8069-0249-7223p, ¥2000; reprinted c.2000?; 2005 reprint
Bojutsu Bōjutsu (Learn Bo from Photos) Tsuchiya Shoten
世界のマーシャル・アーツ/87土屋書店4-8069-0387-9351p, ¥2500; 8/86?; reprinted c.2000?; 2005 reprint
Sekai-no Martial ArtsTsuchiya Shoten
秘伝 忍者サブミッション/91勁文社63552-12went bankrupt 19/4/2002
SubmissionKeibunsha

PERIODICALS BY DR HATSUMI

忍友 (Nin'yu)

士道師会報 (Shidoshi Kaiho) Shidōshi Kaihō

山脈 (Sanmyaku)


VIDEOS BY DR HATSUMI

These are now on a separate page of
Bujinkan videos.

OTHER JAPANESE WORKS ON "NINJA" etc.

I originally compiled this list in around 1987, painstakingly hand-copying entries from the National Diet Library's catalogue. For those who read Japanese, it is now quite simple to get a more current list from the
NDL website. It is also worth noting that some of these items are simply manga (comics) or similar books for children. There was a similar Japanese-only list at ninmaru.com, with some books not listed here.
AuthorTitleDatePublisherIBSN etc.Notes
足立巻一
Adachi Kan'ichi
忍術12 /57平凡社
NinjutsuHeibonsha
忍法/64三一書房233-18, 789.8, A195n2257p
Ninpo Ninpō San'ichi Shobo San'ichi Shobō
+尾崎秀樹 Ozaki Hideki、山田宗睦 Yamada Munemutsu付参考文献/64227-30, 64-7066, 648368
天野 仁忍者のラビリンス12/11 /01創土社4789301087248p, 19cm, ¥1900
Amano HitoshiNinja no labyrinthSodosha Sōdosha
藤林正武
Fujibayashi Masatake
正忍記25/4 /88紀尾井書房4-7656-1051-9201p, 19x13cm, ¥1100, 木村山治郎現代語訳
Shoninki Shōninki Kioi Shobo Shobō
正忍記ニッシン書院other translation by 杜山悠 ?
Shoninki Shōninki Nisshin Shoin
正忍記20/8 /96新人物往来社4-404-02398-7original with notes by 中島篤巳, 408p, 21cm, ¥8000
Shoninki Shōninki Shinjinbutsu Oraisha Ōraisha
藤林保武
Fujibayashi Yasutake
万川集海/75誠秀堂1053848-59, 76-7289, W451-4, 789.811 volumes, ¥85,000, 24cm (replica of original); 保義?
Bansenshukai Bansen Shūkai Seishudo Seishūdō
万川集海/76 -81誠秀堂4-915459-09-8FS37, 131p? 8 vols. modern translation supervised by 石田善人
Bansenshukai Bansenshūkai Seishudo Seishūdō
藤本正行これが忍術だ11/78ベストセラ-ズ235p, 13cm, ¥399
Fujimoto MasayukiKore ga Ninjutsu daBest Sellers
藤田西湖
Fujita Seiko
忍術秘録18/8 /36千代田書院292p; reprinted by 壮神社 31/3/91
Ninjutsu HirokuChiyoda Shoin
忍術からスパイ戦へ/42東水社
Ninjutsu kara Spy sen-eTosuisha Tōsuisha
どろんろん最後の忍者10 /58日本週報社789.8, H976d, 471173265p
The last NinjaNihon Shuhosha Shūhōsha
手裏剣術/64789.3, H9765172p
Shuriken-jutsu
捕縄術/64名著刊行会3375-000227-8312printed 19/9/86
Hojo-jutsu Hōjōjutsu Meicho Kankokai Kankōkai
當身殺活法明解??名著刊行会4-8390-0280-0printed 25/9/93
Atemi Sakkatsu -ho MeikaiMeicho Kankokai Kankōkai
甲賀流忍者一代記/68東都書房789.8, H976k, 749494282p
Koga-ryu Ninja Kōga-ryū Toto Shobo Tōto Shobō
忍者の精神Z051.3-Ty1p274-7
Ninja-no seishin
忍術は生きているZ051.3-G13, 23-91p172-77
Ninjutsu-wa ikite iru
福山松翠甲賀流忍術11 /53人類科学研究所
Fukuyama Shosui Shōsui Koga-ryu Ninjutsu Kōga-ryū Jinrui Kagaku Kenkyujo Kenkyūjo
日野晃こころの象 最後の達人初見良昭師に観る日本の象29/5 /02ストーク4-434-02039-0218p, 20cm, ¥1785
Hino AkiraKokoro no KatachiStork
平山智規クラスにズッコケ忍者あり/84Y8 1573218p
Hirayama TomokiZukkoke Ninja
伊賀 斌之ビジネスマン謀略の手引書キングブックス4906190081 OOP現代に生きる伊賀流忍法経営秘伝
Iga HinshiIga-ryu Ninpo Keiei Hiden Iga-ryū Ninpō King Books
今村嘉雄
Imamura Yoshio
日本武道大系 大五巻 砲術水術忍術馬術6/82京都同朋舎出版82W74354, FS37-279, JP83-21572, 030024-1915, 78927cm, 640p, 24/5/58, 所荘吉 editor, inc. 忍術の本質と略史 by Okuse
Hojutsu Suijutsu Ninjutsu Bajutsu Hōjutsu Kyoto Dohosha Kyōto Dōhōsha
日本武道大系 大七巻 鎖鎌術、手裏剣術6/82京都同朋舎出版82W74356, FS37-279, JP83-21574, 030024-1917, 78927cm, 640p, 24/5/58, 島田貞一 editor
Kusarigamajutsu Shuriken-jutsuKyoto Dohosha Kyōto Dōhōsha
日本武道全集第4巻砲術・水術・忍術9/66人物往来社日本古武道振興会; 482p
Nihon Budo Zenshu Vol.4 Budō Zenshū Jinbutsu Orai-sha Budō Zenshū
石川正知忍の里の記録1/10 /82翠楊社・面影橋出版4-88066-110-4, GB29-134277p, 20cm, ¥1800
Ishikawa MasatomoShinobi-no satoSuiyosha Suiyōsha
伊藤銀月
Ito Gingetsu Itō
忍術の極意1917武侠世界363, 157
Ninjutsu-no gokuiBukyo Sekai Bukyō
忍術極意秘伝書5/5 /37巧人社reprinted by 壮神社 (Soujinsha), 31/3/91 Sōjinsha
Ninjutsu Gokui HidenshoKojinsha?? Kōjinsha
岩本久則忍術使いがやってくるY84-2232189p; manga?
Iwamoto Kyusoku Kyūsoku Ninjutsu-tsukai
木村文平忍者の修練/65Y81-1212236p
Kimura FumihiraNinja-no shuren Shūren
北川幸彦?忍者の秘密講談社文庫
Kitagawa SachihikoNinja-no himitsuKodansha Bunko Kōdansha
小山竜太郎
Koyama Ryutaro Ryūtarō
これが忍術だ!/63久保書店789.8, Ko684k169p
Kore-ga NinjutsuKubo Shoten
真説・忍者と忍術/65久保書店same as below?
Ninja to NinjutsuKubo Shoten
真説・日本忍者列伝/64荒地出版社Ko684s254p
Nihon Ninja retsudenArachi Shuppansha
+ 木屋進忍者一代 武芸物語/63913.6, Ko684n269p
+ Kiya SusumuNinja ichidai
黒井宏光
Kuroi Hiromitsu
伊賀流忍術秘伝之書/99上野市観光協会煙りの末
Iga-ryu Ninjutsu Hiden-no-sho Iga-ryū Ueno City
忍者図鑑6/00ブロンズ新社4893091980155p
Ninja ZukanBronze Shinsha
宮崎惇
Miyazaki Jun
秘録戦国忍者伝/74桃園書房
Sengoku Ninja-denToen Shobo Tōen Shobō
レインジャー忍法8/79広済堂出版
Ranger Ninpo Ninpō Koseido Kōseidō
杜山悠忍者の系譜/72創元社Y88-1305217p
Mori Senzo Senzō Ninja-no keifuSogensha Sōgensha
村上直忍者と隠密/62雄山閣出版4-639-00870-8in「江戸時代 武士の生活」ed. 進士慶幹
Murakami NaoNinja to OnmitsuYuzankaku Shuppan Yūzankaku
長形鐘明?忍者忍法大百科勁文社went bankrupt 19/4/2002
Nagakata KaneakiNinja Ninpo Daihyakka Ninpō Keibunsha
中島篤巳忍術秘伝の書25/2 /94角川選書4-04-703248-4234p, 19cm, ¥1400
Nakashima AtsumiNinjutsu HidenKadokawa Sensho
名和弓雄
Nawa Yumio
あなたも忍者になれる8/66圭分館N662a248p
Anato-mo NinjaKeibunkan
必勝の兵法:忍術の研究1/11/72日貿出版社FS37-65, 0021-17207-6135377p, ¥1900
Ninjutsu-no kenkyu Kenkyū Japan Publications, Inc.
忍びの武器/67人物往来社N662s275p
Shinobi-no bukiJinbutsu Oraisha Ōraisha
隠し武器総覧12/98壮神社4915906361291p; 増補改訂版 of 1977 図解百科
Kakushibuki Soran Sōran Sojinsha Sōjinsha
忍術手品の秘密学研
Ninjutsu tejinaGakken
大平陽介
Ohira Yosuke Ōhira Yōsuke
忍法・超人の世界/75池田書店Y88-2085254p
Chojin-no sekai Chōjin no sekai Ikeda Shoten
現代に活かす忍法の戦略と知恵10/79日本文芸社246p, 18cm, ¥683
Gendai ni ikasu Ninpo Ninpō Nihon Bungeisha
沖森直三郎忍秘傅/71沖森書店W451-52 vols
Okimori Naosaburo Naosaburō NinpidenOkishin Shoten
奥瀬平七郎
Okuse Heishichiro Heishichirō
忍術秘伝/59大阪凡凡社
Ninjutsu hidenBonbonsha
忍術処世法/63読売新聞社159, 0636n196p
Ninjutsu shoseihoYomiuri Shinbun
忍術 その歴史と忍者9/63人物往来社0636n318p; reprint 6/95 (新人物往来社) 4-404-02221-2 318p, 20cm, ¥3150; reprinted 7/95
Rekishi-to NinjaJinbutsu Oraisha Ōraisha
忍法 その秘伝と実例10 /64人物往来社0636n2318p; reprint 8/95 (新人物往来社) 4404022425 318p, 20cm, ¥3059; reprinted 9/95
Hiden-to jitsureiJinbutsu Oraisha Ōraisha
忍法皆伝/79上野市観光協会2 vols; 処世の哲理
Ninpo Kaiden Ninpō Ueno Tourist Board
歴史読本
Rekishi Dokuhon
決定版「忍者」のすべて12 /91新人物往来社09618-12臨時増刊; 467p, ¥1500
Ninja-no subeteShin Jinbutsu Oraisha Ōraisha
伊賀・甲賀忍びのすべて9/02新人物往来社4404030258別冊; same as above?
Shinobi-no subeteShin Jinbutsu Oraisha Ōraisha
忍びの者132人データファイル5/01新人物往来社4404027729別冊
Shinobi no mono 132 ninShin Jinbutsu Oraisha Ōraisha
歴史グラフィティ忍者1/12 /93主婦と生活社4391602059230p, ¥1500; 61341-76
Rekishi GraffitiNinjaShufu-to Seikatsu-sha
シブサワ コウ爆笑忍者伝9/92光栄4906300715歴史人物笑史; 169p, 19x13cm, ¥1020
Shibusawa Ko NinjaKoei Kōei
清水乕三戸隠の忍者8/82銀河書房201p, 19cm, ¥1575
Shimizu Torazo Torazō Togakure-no NinjaGinga Shobo Shobō
玉田玉秀斎
Tamada Gyokushusai Gyokushūsai
甲賀流誉の忍術1915成象堂
Homare no NinjutsuSeizodo Seizōdō
忍術名人猿飛佐助講談・立川文庫?
Sarutobi Sasuke
田村栄太郎考証忍者物語8/88雄山閣出版4639007388277pp, 20x14cm, ¥2100
Tamura Eitaro Eitarō Ninja monogatariYuzankaku Shuppan Yūzankaku
戸部新十郎
Tobe Shinjuro Shinjurō
忍者/78大陸書房FS37-171286p, 19cm, ¥1575
NinjaTairiku Shobo Shobō
虚像の英雄・忍者と盗賊/78日本書籍GB29-68237p
Ninja-to tozoku Tōzoku Nihon Shoseki
忍者と盗賊 日本史・陰の人物誌10 /78日本書籍same as above?
忍者と盗賊 日本史・陰の人物誌11/86河出書房新社4309401708文庫版; contents same as above? 241p, 15cm, ¥469
Ninja-to tozoku Tōzoku Kawade Shobo Shobō
忍者と盗賊5/98広済堂出版4331652629文庫版; contents same as above?
Ninja-to tozoku Tōzoku Koseido Kōseidō
忍者の履歴書4/87朝日新聞社
Ninja-no rirekishoAsahi Shinbun
忍者の履歴書4/89朝日新聞社4022605588文庫版; contents same as above? 285p, 15x11cm, ¥459
Ninja-no rirekishoAsahi Shinbun
忍者と忍術4/96毎日新聞社4620311073
Ninja to NinjutsuMainichi Shinbun
忍者と忍術5/01中央公論新社4122038251文庫版; contents same as above? 347p, 16cm, ¥720
Ninja to NinjutsuChuo Koron Chūō Kōron
忍者と忍術1/04中央公論新社4122038251中公文庫ワイド版、OD版; contents same as above? 347p, 21cm, ¥5460
Ninja to NinjutsuChuo Koron Chūō Kōron
忍者と忍術8/03学研4056032084same as above? 195p, 26cm, ¥1575
Ninja to NinjutsuGakken
忍者10/95PHP研究所456954908X222p, 18cm, ¥866
NinjaPHP
忍者の謎19/1 /00PHP研究所4569573592same as above? 238p, 15cm, ¥540
Ninja no nazoPHP
上野市伊賀流忍術'7748p; 上野市観光協会
Ueno CityIga-ryu Ninjutsu Iga-ryū
綿谷雪
Watatani Kiyoshi
古武道文献集/69武芸帖社 (鎌倉)FS37-16, 789, 81863922cm, 532p, ¥3000, 国図 70-8916, 第一巻: 稀本叢刊, includes 山本勘介在判's 兵法秘伝書
Kobudo Bunkenshu Kobudō Bunkenshū Bugei Chosha Chōsha
武芸流派 100選 /72秋田書店FS6-6, 789, 909351, FS3719cm, 253p, ¥890, 国図 72-14383
Bugei Ryuha 100 sen Ryūha Akita Shoten
+ 山田忠史
+ Yamada Tadashi
武芸流派大事典/69新人物往来社FS2-1, 789, 790313, FS-3722cm, 823p, ¥5000, 国図 69-5647
Bugei Ryuha Daijiten Ryūha Shin Jinbutsu Oraisha Ōraisha
武芸流派大事典10/12 /78東京コピイ出版部増補大改訂: 970p, ¥12000
Bugei Ryuha Daijiten Ryūha Tokyo Copy Shuppanbu
山口正之
Yamaguchi Masayuki
忍者の生活2/63雄山閣出版Y264n263p
Ninja-no seikatsuYuzankaku Shuppan Yūzankaku
忍者の生活2/63雄山閣出版GB374-2294p; expanded version - actually 1965?
忍者の生活/65雄山閣出版Y264n(s)294p; same as above?
忍者の生活8/81雄山閣出版4639008716same as above?
忍者の生活2/96雄山閣出版294p, 22cm, ¥2548; same as above?
忍びと忍術7/03雄山閣出版4639018010255p, 19cm, ¥2100
Shinobi to NinjutsuYuzankaku Shuppan Yūzankaku
八切止夫忍術論考/81日本シェル出版4-8194-8134-7GB29, 106; ¥1200; 273p; online
Yagiri TomeoNinjutsu Ronko Ronkō Nihon Shell Shuppan
柚木踏草甲賀の歳月3/87誠秀堂4-915459-11-X甲賀の里忍術村; 428p
Yuzuki FumikusaKoga-no saigetsu Kōga Shuseido Shūseidō

JIRAIYA

Hundreds of products (children's picture books etc.) were produced in connection with this Ninja TV series, starring Dr Hatsumi. Here are just a few (listed only in Japanese at present).
勁文社 世界忍者戦ジライヤ大百科/ケイブンシャの大百科 334 1988/07 ¥714
世界忍者戦ジライヤ 大百科別冊 ヒーロースペシャル 3 1988/03 ¥504
世界忍者戦ジライヤ アニメ版ヒーロー絵本 3 1988/09 ¥368
ひかりのくに
テレビえほん
331: 世界忍者戦ジライヤ1巻 1988/04 4564053302 ¥347 単行本
337: 世界忍者戦ジライヤ2巻 1988/06 4564053361 ¥347 単行本
338: 世界忍者戦ジライヤ3巻 1988/08 456405337X ¥347 単行本:257x182mm
徳間書店
テレランえほん
9: 世界忍者戦ジライヤ1 1988/04 ¥347
12: 世界忍者戦ジライヤ2 1988/06 4195980607 ¥347
15: 世界忍者戦ジライヤぼうけんブック2 1988/08 4197980817 ¥347
徳間書店
テレビランド・カラーグラフ
16: 世界忍者戦ジライヤ2 1988/05 ¥399
22: 世界忍者戦ジライヤ3 1988/10 4197681011 ¥399
13: 世界忍者線ジライヤ 1988/02 ¥399 佐々木 崇夫
徳間書店
テレランカラーグラフ・スペシャル4
世界忍者戦ジライヤ 1988/03 ¥315
徳間書店
TLわんぱっくちび
23: 世界忍者戦ジライヤ 1988/05 ¥557
講談社の
テレビ絵本
182: 世界忍者戦ジライヤ1 1988/05 ¥347
192: 世界忍者戦ジライヤ2 1988/06 406105192X ¥347
203: 世界忍者戦ジライヤ3 1988/07 4063032035 ¥347
215: 世界忍者戦ジライヤ4 1988/08 4063032159 ¥347
221: 世界忍者戦ジライヤ5 1988/10 4063032213 ¥347
243: 世界忍者戦ジライヤ6 ジライヤだいけ 1988/12 4063032434 ¥347
有楽出版社 世界忍者戦ジライヤ 1 ヤングセレクションTVぴくちゃーぶっくす 1988/04 ¥399
国書刊行会
須永 朝彦訳
現代語訳・江戸の伝奇小説55…報仇奇談自来也説話… 2003/03 4336044058 ¥4,410 四六判 /484p
燃焼社
桂 文我編
復活珍品上方落語選集 続々 2003/12 4889780386 ¥4,200 四六判 / 390p / 自来也 p271-288

Jiraiya CDs etc.

CDs:
  • 世界忍者戦ジライヤ ヒット曲集 (Collection of hit songs from Sekai Ninja-sen Jiraiya) 30CC-2501 ¥3,150
  • 世界忍者戦ジライヤ 音楽集 (Collection of music from Sekai Ninja-sen Jiraiya) 32CC-2530 ¥3,360
  • ANIMEX 1200 世界忍者戦ジライヤ 音楽集 <完全限定生産> (Limited edition: Collection of music from Sekai Ninja-sen Jiraiya)COCC-72051 ¥1,260

    The songs were performed by Kushida Akira (site partly in English).

    For Jiraiya videos, see the separate page of Bujinkan videos.


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