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The Two Largest Swords Norimitsu Odachi & Haja-no-Ontachi 

The world is full of wonders, both ancient and modern, and the Haja-no-Ontachi is definitely one of them. This enormous Japanese sword is believed to have been forged in the Edo period and is revered as the largest Japanese sword in Japan. Its total length of 465 cm and weight of 75 kg make it an imposing and awe-inspiring sight.

The Haja-no-Ontachi was forged with the intention of repelling evil and demons, and creating a clean and peaceful society. The sword was donated to the Hanaoka Hachiman Shrine in 1859 during the imperial memorial ceremony. It is kept in the shrine’s Treasure House and is not typically exhibited to the public. However, it can be viewed with an advance reservation and is available for public display during the annual harvest festival on November 3.

Although the Norimitsu Odachi is often cited as the second-largest sword in the world, it pales in comparison to the Haja-no-Ontachi. While the Norimitsu Odachi measures around 3.8 meters in length and weighs 14.5 kg, the Haja-no-Ontachi is roughly 1 meter longer and 60 kg heavier. Its size and weight make it a true wonder of the world.

In addition to its impressive physical dimensions, the Haja-no-Ontachi has a rich history and cultural significance. It was forged during a time of great change and upheaval in Japan, and its creation represents the hopes and aspirations of the people of that era. Today, it remains a symbol of strength and protection, inspiring awe and reverence in all who view it.

The Haja-no-Ontachi and the Norimitsu Odachi are just two examples of the incredible swords that have been crafted throughout history. Each sword has its own unique story and cultural significance, and they continue to capture the imaginations of people around the world. As we continue to explore the mysteries of the past, we can only imagine what other wonders await us.

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