Dragon of Kiso Mountain
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|Dragon of Kiso Mountain|
- With war threatening to fracture Japan, Takezo went to the Dragon of Kiso Mountain and asked him to teach him the secrets of the sword. The Dragon agreed to help in exchange for all of his love. Takezo loved a princess with all his heart but knew Japan would fall if he did not triumph, so he agreed. The Dragon taught him and he became Kensei (a sword saint).
- With his newfound knowledge, Kensei fought and won a great battle – thus saving his people. After the battle, the Dragon came to Kensei’s palace to collect on their deal. The Dragon demanded the life of the princess. Kensei refused and cut out his own heart, handed it to the dragon and said, “My love is in here. Take it.” And then he died. When the Dragon saw what Kensei was willing to sacrifice for his people (and his love) he was so moved that he replaced Kensei’s heart and breathed fire-life back into the swordsman.
The documentary Sword Saint tells the story of Kensei and the Dragon, explaining that the Dragon held ancient and powerful sword skills. Kensei came to the Dragon to be taught, and the Dragon agreed—but the Dragon only taught those who truly needed it. He set Kensei's price: he was to give the Dragon that which he loved most. The two entered into agreement, and the Dragon taught Kensei to became a "sword saint". Later, during Kensei's wedding to a princess, the gigantic Dragon descended, blocking out the sun, and demanded his price be paid. Kensei cleverly cut out his own heart and gave it to the Dragon with the explanation, "My love is in here; take it!" Some say that the Dragon looked upon Kensei's love and honor with mercy, and brought him back to life. There are those who also believe Kensei and the princess ran away together with the Dragon.
While his father reads...
...Hiro plays with a toy dragon.
A statue of the dragon is kept at Jittetsu Arms.
- For other uses of dragon, see dragon (disambig).