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Kiku Ichimonji is the sword, or Katana, of Okita Soji. Kiku Ichimonji of Okita Souji was forged by Norimune when he was commissioned by the emperor, Go-Toba, to make a sword for the first month out of thirteen in 1208. There was an intercalary month in between the fifth and sixth months. Kiku Ichimonji literally means chrysantheum of the first month. Kiku Ichimonji of Norimune is roughly 73.3 cm. There is actually a debate on rather or not Kiku Ichimonji was actually a sword of Okita Soji. Okita's first sword was a Kiyomitsu set, specifically Kashuu (or Kaga in another source) Kiyomitsu. Kiku Ichimonji was made by (in this case) Norimune and would have sold for a rather high price. It would probably have to be gifted by a very wealthy benefactor. The other argument is that Kiku Ichimonji wasn't his second sword, but Yamato-no-kami Yasusada. This sword would have still fetched a pretty high price, but definitely not as much as Kiku. Okita's sister, Mitsu, was carrying the sword after he died, but lost it after forgetting it on a ride, so the truth is unknown.

Owner[]

Okita Soji is the owner of the sword, Kiku Ichimonji.  Okita Sōji was the captain of the first unit of the Shinsengumi, a special police force in Kyoto during the late shogunate period. He was one of the best swordsmen of the Shinsengumi, along with Saito Hajime and Nagakura Shinpachi. His sword style is the Tennen Rishin-ryu, the same as Kondo Isami. His eldest sister was Okita Mitsu. The second sister's name was Kin. Okita was said to be born during a solar eclipse. In June of 1842 there was indeed a solar eclipse and this year is said to be the correct year of his birth. There is still a debate on whether he was born in 1844 or 1842, but most go with the latter. He died of tuberculosis 1868.

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