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Japanese name
Kanji: 血振るい
Hiragana: ちぶるい

Chiburui (血振るい?), also called chiburi,[1] is the process by which one symbolically removes blood from a sword blade. The term chiburui can thus be translated as "shaking off the blood". In the Japanese martial art of iaidō, this is done before nōtō or placing the blade back into the scabbard (known as saya).[2]


  1. ^ Please note, however, that chiburi is a slang pronunciation and as such is not found in any Japanese dictionary. See Iwata.
  2. ^ Yamatsuta, p. 36.


  • Iwata, Norikazu. "Chiburui". The Eishin Ryu of Tosa. Retrieved 9 August 2009.