Kusanagi-no-Tsurugi
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Grass-Cutting Sword

Origin

Amaterasu /Ninigi-no-Mikoto

Type

Sword

Effects

Generates wind from the blade

Activation

Wielding

Collected by

Warehouse 10

Section

AxMu-888

Aisle

Tzu-6194

Shelf

207672-4975-305

Date of Collection

February 1, 1655

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Origin[edit | edit source]

One of the three sacred treasures of Japan, the mirror was passed down from the sun goddess Amaterasu to her descendants Ninigi and later Emperor Jimmu. After Amaterasu was tricked to return to her duties, her brother Susanoo gave her a sword as an apology for his behavior. Originally called Ama-no-Murakumo-no-Tsurugi ("Sword of the Gathering Clouds of Heaven"), Susanoo discovered it inside a tail of the eight-headed serpent Yamata no Orochi, which he slayed to stop its reign of hunger.

Many generations later, a warrior loyal to the emperor known as Yamato Taker was entrusted with the weapon. He found himself trapped in a flaming field surrounded by the enemy’s hordes. While attempting to cut a viable path through the grass, he discovered the blade could create wind in whichever direction he cut. Taker fanned the flames upon his enemy and narrowly escaped from certain death, renaming the relic Kusanagi-no-Tsurugi ("Grasscutter Sword") in honor of his miraculous escape. However, Taker fell in a latter battle when he attempted to battle a monster without the Kusanagi in hand.

Said to represent valor, the sword is one-third of the Imperial Regalia of Japan. Allegedly kept in Atsuta Shrine, its existence cannot be confirmed as access is consistently denied. At some point in the twelfth century the sword was lost, although it somehow returned to the royalty by supernatural means.

Effects[edit | edit source]

The only one of the three treasures with some context to it's potential effects. Suspected to have powerful control over the wind.


Imperial Regalia of Japan
Yata no KagamiYasakani no MagatamaKusanagi-no-Tsurugi
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