Ryjin was the tutelary deity of the sea in Japanese mythology. This Japanese dragon symbolized the power of the ocean, had a large mouth, and was able to transform into a human shape. He lives under the sea where he controlled the tides with magical tide jewels. Sea turtles, fish and jellyfish are often depicted as Ryjin's servants. It is said that the dragon king wanted to eat a monkey's liver to cure a rash. He sent the jellyfish to fetch a monkey, but the monkey tricked the jellyfish When the jellyfish returned empty-handed, the outraged dragon king beat the jellyfish until all of its bones were crushed. This is why the jellyfish has no bones. This full tang 1090 carbon steel blade comes sharp and is double pegged. In the traditional katana style the blade has a heavy blood groove down the center while the handle features genuine ray skin with a cotton cord wrap and a cast zinc menuki and tsuba. The tsuka is also wrapped with the same cotton fiber with an ornamental menuki. The fuchi features dragons as well as the guard. A glossy black wooden scabbard or saya houses the blade to protect it from the elements. Included is a sword bag and gift box.
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