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San no mai, Shirafune (参の舞・白刀, Third Dance, White Sword; Viz "Dance Number Three, White Sword") is a technique of Rukia Kuchiki's Zanpakutō, Sode no Shirayuki.


Rukia calls out the name of the dance, which allows her to gather moisture in the air to the tip of Sode no Shirayuki and create a blade of ice. This makes it possible to alter the length of the blade and repair the blade in the event that it is broken.[1] After piercing its target, it continues to freeze any surrounding objects, including the immediate area.[2][3]


  1. Bleach Official Character Book 2 Masked; page 78
  2. Bleach manga; Chapter 268
  3. Bleach manga; Chapter 300, pages 1-11


Rukia Kuchiki Techniques
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