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sanshu-no-shinki (Three Sacred Emblems) – 06 / 14 / 2014
sanshu-no-shinki さんしゅのしんき 三種の神器
san (three)
shu (species, kind, class, variety, seed)
no (possessive particle)
shin (kami)
ki (vessel, receptacle, implement, instrument, container)
shinki (sacred treasure)
sanshu-no-shinki (the three sacred emblems of the Imperial Regalia)

❖ All three were handed down by amaterasu omikami
❖ Also called sanshu-no-jingi
sanshu-no-jingi さんしゅのじんぎ 三種の神器
san (three)
shu (species, kind, class, variety, seed)
no (possessive particle)
shin (kami)
jin (kami)
gi | ki (vessel, receptacle, implement, instrument, container)
jingi (sacred treasure)
sanshu-no-jingi (the three sacred emblems of the Imperial Regalia)
yata-no-kagami やたのかがみ 八咫の鏡
ya (eight)
ta (span, short)
no (possessive particle)
kagami (mirror, speculum)
yata-no-kagami (sacred mirror of the Imperial regalia)

❖ Symbolizes the virtue of wisdom or honesty
yasakani
no-magatama
やさかに
のまがたま
八尺瓊
の曲玉
ya (eight)
saka (shaku, measure)
ni | rei (beautiful jewel)
no (possessive particle)
maga (bend, curve)
tama (jewel, ball)
yasakani-no-magatama (sacred jewel or string of jewels of the Imperial regalia)

❖ Symbolizes the virtue of benevolence or affection
kusanagi
no-tsurugi
くさなぎ
のつるぎ
草薙
の剣
kusa (grass, weeds, herbs, pasture)
nagi (mow down (the enemy))
no (possessive particle)
tsurugi (sabre, sword, blade)
kusanagi-no-tsurugi (grass-mowing sword – sacred sword of the Imperial regalia)

❖ Symbolizes the virtue of courage
❖ Also called ame-no-murakumo-no-tsurugi, murakumo-no-tsurugi
ame-no-murakumo
no-Tsurugi
あめのむらくも
のつるぎ
天の叢雲
の剣
murakumo-no-tsurugi むらくものつるぎ 叢雲の剣
ame (heavens, sky, imperial)
no (possessive particle)
mura (plexus, clump of bushes, thicket)
kumo (cloud)
murakumo (gathering clouds)
no (possessive particle)
tsurugi (sabre, sword, blade)
ame-no-murakumo-no-Tsurugi (sacred sword of the Imperial regalia)

mura (plexus, clump of bushes, thicket)
kumo (cloud)
murakumo (gathering clouds)
no (possessive particle)
tsurugi (sabre, sword, blade)
murakumo-no-tsurugi (sacred sword of the Imperial regalia)

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