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Uchide no Kodzuchi

Motif Information
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Rōmaji Uchide no Kodzuchi
English "Lucky mallet"
Kanji 打ち出の小槌
Kana うちでのこづち
Season All
Seasonal Exceptions None
Auspicious Yes
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.

Auspicious Nature

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 Examples

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.

In Poetry

Article Notes

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Image Credits

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Authors & Contributors

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