Definition of tsuba in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈtsuːba/

noun (plural same or tsubas)

A Japanese sword guard, typically elaborately decorated and made of iron or leather.
Example sentences
  • The left hand takes control of the sword by holding the tsuba and the right hand passes down the side, smoothing the sageo as it goes.
  • A tsuba is the hand guard mounted on a Japanese sword.
  • Thus the Japanese sword tsuba became an elaborate piece of art - far beyond its practical use.



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