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Hyottoko

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€290,00 EUR
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Jewel made entirely by hand by the Italian craftsman Gianmarco Fontana. 
This ring made of 925 Silver depicting a Hyottoko is part of the "Japanized" collection.

Hyottoko is the man with the foular. Where does its name come from? Some think that he, with a bamboo cane, is trying to light the fire. In fact, Hyottoko is a dialect word that derives from Hi-Otoko (Hi = fire Otoko = man). While another story, originally from Iwate-ken, says that once there would have been a child with the same face as the mean, from whose navel coins came out. He, named Hyoutoku, appeared at night in people's homes saying that if they put a mask that resembled his face in front of the hearth, they would receive money.
Okame is usually found with Hyottoko. Another name of his is Otafuku which means "who brings a lot of luck". A long time ago it indicated beauty, but over time the Japanese opinion on beauty has changed, and today this mask indicates an ugly woman. Okame is thought to derive from the name of a female monk from the Muromachi period. While Otafuku has two origins: one derives precisely from the fact that it brings good luck and that's why they called it that. The second says that since its cheeks are so swollen that they resemble a puffer fish, it was given this name because in Japanese this fish is called Fugu.
In Miyazaki Yuga, there has been a festival since 1984 that takes up dances that were already done in the Edo period.