斬上 Kiriage – rising cut
Kiriage is the third technique of the kukishin bikenjutsu
斬 – kiri – means to kill, slice or cut with a blade
上 – age – has numerous related meanings and pronunciations – up, upwards, to lift, to rise, to ascend, the top or upper level.
In the simplest sense kiriage is ‘to cut up’ or ‘cutting up’ and is used as such to describe the movement of a blade (katana, naginata and so on) in an upwards direction – eg. gyaku kesa giri is a form of kiriage, cutting upwards at an angle.
To describe the bikenjutsu technique I have used the translation ‘rising cut’ as I feel this best summarises the technique, which is more than a simple upwards cut.