Japanese Sword Spirit

Having been involved with the martial arts for most of my life, I have an interest in swords and shuriken (I even wrote a book about shuriken). I’d been exposed to stories by my teachers who occasionally spoke of the spirit present in some swords and had read many books that mentioned this phenomenon.


One day one of my English students invited me to her home where her elderly father had a few shuriken and swords. I’d spoken to one of the older English teachers I worked with and he asked if he could go with me and see the real swords. My student readily agreed and we went there on a Sunday evening. Unfortunately, what her father had thought were “shuriken” were actually “kozuka“, which are different from the shuriken, which was thrown.


Her father handed me a sword in its scabbard to examine and I held it and bowed to it before slowly drawing it partially out. I don’t like to remove a sword completely from a scabbard in a small room, so I examined only about three-fourths of the blade before replacing it and bowing to it before returning it to her father. My friend watched me draw the sword and after I’d looked at two others asked if he could look at one. I kept him in my peripheral vision as I examined another one and instantly focused my eyes on him when I sensed a sudden shift in his kehai (presence). He had the sword about half-way out of the scabbard and had flipped it and was bringing it towards his face, which had a blank look, almost as if he was in a trance.


I jumped up and shoved the sword back into its scabbard as I pulled it away from him. As soon as I’d freed him of the sword, he looked confused and asked, “What happened? I felt dizzy there for a second.” I told him that he’d come close to cutting his face in half with the sword, but he had no memory of the moment. After that, I explained to him that some swords have spirits and that he’d chosen to look at one that will draw the enemy into it.


My student and her father both witnessed what had happened and were shocked. Her father told me that the sword was quite old and that it had been made by a rather famous sword-smith. Both of them had heard about swords having spirits, but had never quite believed it until then.












By Billy Hammond (Copyright AELS)


Books published by AELS (AELS出版書籍)


原作&翻訳:ビレー ハモンド


Majoh Gakuin & Hikari Juku – Japanese Witch Schools – English Edition (魔女学院&光塾(英語)

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Lost Witch (Majoh Gakuin & Hikari Juku Series Book 2) – English Edition (迷える魔女: 魔女学院&光塾第2弾:英語版)

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原作&翻訳:ビレー ハモンド


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