" (長剣 pronounced TSU RU GI) is the kun-yomi
(Japanese reading) of the kanji
剣; the on-yomi
(Chinese reading) is "ken" (pronounced (KEN). It is used in the west to refer to a specific type of Japanese
straight, double-edged sword
no longer in common use. The Japanese use it for any broadsword--Excalibur
, for example, or any number of Chinese
heroes' weapons or Chinese sword (劍 pinyin
Notice the three writings of the same character (劍 剑 剣) are Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese and Japanese Kanji respectively.
See also katana, tachi, wakizashi, saya.