Uchide no Kodzuchi
|Romaji||Uchide no Kodzuchi|
|Motif Type||Auspicious, Religious|
Uchide no Kodzuchi (lit. small mallet that brings things forth when struck) is one of the takarazukushi.
Seasonal Use, Exceptions & Pairings
As an auspicious treasure, tsuchi is all-seasonal.
Motif Connotations & Symbolism
Uchide no kodzuchi (lit. small mallet that brings things forth when struck) is the lucky mallet that makes wishes come true. It is also said that a swing of the hammer will bring forth fortune or any material object the user desires. Its original owner is Daikoku, the god of wealth.
In Japan, uchide no kodzuchi can be bought as trinkets at shops and shrines as good-luck charms.
As an auspicious motif, it is worn in hopes that the wearer's wishes will be granted.
Common Motif Pairings
Identification & Style Variations
Tsuchi look like a little barrel with two protrusions on each side: one is smoother--the business end of the handle--and one is scalloped--the decorative end of the handle. It frequently has a cord tied to the handle end.
Motif in Literature & Other Usage
A lucky mallet is famously featured in the tale of Momotarô, where it's won from a menacing oni, and turns the eponymous, tiny protagonist into a full-sized adult in the end.
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Authors & Contributors
Author/s: Evan Mason (hikari_evyon (IG Username))
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