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Motif Information
Rōmaji Kinnō, Kinnou
English Treasure Bag
Kanji 金嚢、金袋
Kana きんのう
Season All-season
Seasonal Exceptions none
Auspicious Yes
Motif Type Auspicious

The kinnō (lit. gold bag) is one of the takarazukushi. The kanji 嚢 (fukuro, bag) is the old kanji for 袋. Sometimes 袋 is used, even though it doesn't have nou as an on-yomi.

Seasonal Use, Exceptions & Pairings

Kinnō are an auspicious design and are therefore non-seasonal. However, they are often featured on kimono that are to be worn in times in which one would want good luck, such as weddings, children's kimono for Omiyamairi and Shichi-go-san, and new years.

Motif Connotations & Symbolism

The kinnō is an old fashioned wallet of sorts, much like a kinchaku, and this magical kind is inexhaustible. When worn on the body, it has the power to call forth money towards the wearer.

Auspicious Nature

As an auspicious motif, the kinnō is worn for good luck and for attracting wealth.

Common Motif Pairings

Identification & Style Variations

The kinnō is depicted as a simple pouch, the top of which is tied with decorative cords. It sometimes has the kanji 宝 (takara, treasure) stamped on its front.

Motif Examples

Motif in Literature & Other Usage

In Poetry

Article Notes

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Image Credits

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Authors & Contributors

Author/s: Evan Mason (hikari_evyon (IG Username))