A Tsangusuri

Tsangusuri, the creations of talismans and charms, was the focus of the Asahina Shugenja school. These talismans, or fetishes, were of different sizes and power. [1] One could say that it was also a small nemuranai. The spell effect of a tsangusuri was very limited and temporary, unlike that of other nemuranai. The Crane Clan, especially the Kakita family and the Asahina family, were famous for crafting tsangusuri. [citation needed]

Types and material Edit

Tsangusuri 2


Talismans created by the Asahina family came in a variety of shapes and uses including streamers, amulets, divinatory items and medicinal talismans. The wood from a peach tree was the most common crafting material for fetishes, talisman and nemuranai, and because of this there were numerous peach trees lining the road to Shinden Asahina. [2]

Streamers Edit

Silk or rice paper streamers were used as protection and could be hung from ceilings and rafters. Amulets were often small, approximately two inches in diameter, and carved in elaborate shapes. Some amulets required placating in various forms such as conversation with it (it would not respond however) or even sustenance. [3]

Divinatory Edit

Divinatory items ranged from chips of bone to yarrow sticks. They could be asked questions about the future and would answer to the best of their abilities. These types were often viewed as unreliable, but their potency and accuracy were often dependant on time between question asked of the item and when the answer to the question would come to fruition. For example a samurai asking if he would have a son could get a vague answer depending on how long until he would have a child, and a samurai asking if he would survive a duel that same day would get a clearer answer. [3]

Medicinal Edit

The medicinal talismans were rare, and were often sought by those about to enter battle. [3]

See Also Edit

External Links Edit


  1. Way of the Crane, p. 35
  2. Way of the Crane, p. 34-35
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Way of the Crane, p. 34

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