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Life Saving Sword

Japan katsu jin ken
Life Saving Sword Vertical Wall Scroll

活人剣 is a Japanese title for "life saving sword" or "katsujinken."

This title suggests that a sword used for killing can also be used for saving or giving life.

Sword of Death

Japan satsu jin ken
Sword of Death Vertical Wall Scroll

殺人剣 is a Japanese title for "Death Sword," "Life Taking Sword" or "satsujinken." 殺人剣 is the opposite of katsujinken, or the "life saving sword." This title is not as commonly used in Japanese but pairs well when hung with katsujinken.

The first two Kanji are a word that translates as homicide; to murder; to kill (a person). 殺人剣 is specifically to kill a person (as the second character means person or human) as opposed to an animal, etc.

The last Kanji is the Japanese variant of the originally-Chinese character for sword.

See Also:  Katsujinken

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Japanese satsujinken / さつじんけん
Sword of Death Vertical Wall Scroll
Japanese (ant: 活人剣) life-taking sword; sword used to kill

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Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)
Life Saving Sword活人剣katsu jin ken
Sword of Death殺人剣
satsu jin ken
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