The Weeping Empress

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collar on a hilt on a Japanese sword

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Chapter 6: Chapter 6
"...could hold them steady. Guibniu waited patiently. Finally Chiyo took a deep breath and held it in both hands, measuring the weight of it and feeling the hard spine beneath the silk. Untying the cord, she let the cloth fall away naturally. She watched the kashira (pommel), tsuka (handle), fuchi (collar), tsuba (guard), and saya (scabbard) slowly appear. Each was a treasure in itself, like watching a beautiful flower unfold and bloom from a tight bud. ..."
"...The tsuba moved Chiyo beyond words. It was a tapestry of mournful symbolism. The tall lonesome branches of a cypress grew from a bed of marigolds and dandelions, and one small butterfly with a broken wing was forever falling. On the fuchi a preying mantis stalked a cricket, oblivious to the sparrow hunting it from behind. ..."
"...There was a horimono sneaking out from under the fuchi. It was carved into the steel and filled with a red lacquer so that it stood out sharply from the subtle contours of the sword as a whole. It was a testament to Guibniu’s skill and confidence that it didn’t significantly weaken the blade. She couldn’t tell what it ..."

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