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The Ninpiden (a.k.a. Shinobi Hiden) or Legends of Ninja Secrets is a ninjutsu manual written around 1655 and attributed to either Hattori Kiyonobu or Hattori Hanzō.[1] It is regarded as one of the three key historical texts of ninjutsu, along with the Shōninki and the Bansenshukai.[2][3] It was passed down in the Hattori family, and was considered a secret transmission; it was not shared with outsiders and even within the family, few had access to it.[4]


  1. ^ Anthony Cummins (3 October 2013). The Book of Ninja: The Bansenshukai - Japan's Premier Ninja Manual. Watkins Publishing. p. 14. ISBN 978-1-78028-631-0.
  2. ^ Martial Arts of the World: R-Z. ABC-CLIO. p. 358. ISBN 978-1-57607-150-2.
  3. ^ John Man (11 April 2013). Ninja. CORGI BOOKS. p. 354. ISBN 978-0-552-16534-1.
  4. ^ Kacem Zoughari (30 July 2013). The Ninja: Ancient Shadow Warriors of Japan (The Secret History of Ninjutsu). Tuttle Publishing. p. 364. ISBN 978-1-4629-0287-3.


  • Antony Cummins & Yoshie Minami, eds. & trans. The Secret Traditions of the Shinobi: Hattori Hanzo's Shinobi Hiden and Other Ninja Scrolls. Berkeley, Calif.: Blue Snake Books, 2012.