Shoninki

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The 'Shoninki' is a medieval ninja document from Kishu province.

Written by Natori Masatake in 1681 it describes the espionage strategies of the shinobi from Kishu.

Together with the Bansenshukai and Ninpiden it is one of three major extant writings of the ninja.

The Shoninki is divided into 4 volumes
Jo - 37 pages
Shomaki - 70 pages
Chumaki - 70 pages
Gemaki - 40 pages

The first scroll addresses basic skills, such as disguise and concealment, house breaking and information gathering. The second part deals with defense against enemy spies, human nature, physiognomy, recognizing and eliciting the true intentions of people and laying false trails and clues. The final scroll is concerned with one's own emotional states as well as those of other people.