Another book of martial arts tales, this one dates from the 18th century, written as if from the perspective of a Tengu. The tengu were a mythological species of sword masters who lived in the mountains and practiced fighting all day. When they weren't fighting, they were talking about fighting. A lucky—and disciplined— samurai might go on a retreat to the mountains and learn some of their secrets.
Being told by a crow-like monster, these tales are written from the perspective of nature, not of civilization. As is the case with many martial arts stories, the moral is often abstruse (e.g. "The Dream of the Cucumber"!?, in which the eponymous fruit admonishes a wanderer to be humble in the face of the ephemerality of existence.)
A less abstruse, and perhaps therefore more popular, story is "The Mysterious Technique of the Cat", which is also documented in Martial Arts Teaching Tales of Power and Paradox. This parable echoes a theme of many martial arts stories: strength of character outmatches strength of body. However, it does so in a fun way, as a dialog amongst a set of cats discussing how best to catch a mouse.