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SHINAI

Shinai (竹刀) is a weapon, most often made of bamboo, used for practice and competition in Kendo representing a Japanese sword.

Shinai are also used in other martial arts, but may be styled differently from Kendo shinai, and represented with different Kanji characters.

The Shinai is - or at least was - legal to be carried in public, and so it became a favoured weapon of street gangs during the hey-day of the Sukeban-era - so much so that, even today, even when being parodied, Sukeban are more often than not, depicted carrying a Shinai. (See SUKEBAN KYOKO)

Now-a-days, one must have a legitimate reason for carrying such a weapon in the street (eg. on the way to, or from, a Kendo class) to avoid arrest.


SEE ALSO:
SUKEBAN
SUKEBAN KYOKO





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