Atsuta Jingu

The Atsuta shrine, located in Nagoya, houses Kusanagi no Tsurugi which is one of the three great treasures of Japan. In Shinto belief, the sword was able to control the winds. Kusanagi no Tsurugi translates to the grass-cutter sword and was named as such because in the legend it was used to move the winds towards a fire that swept away a field of grass leading toward the wielder’s enemies.

The sword is kept behind three great gates and only the emperor is permitted to see it. The shrine is also the location of many donated items including ancient scrolls and swords both old and new.

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