Sharing a little historical vignette from Yurihama Blog, based in Tottori Prefecture.

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大将ひょうたん

Thought to bring wisdom, courage, and good fortune, these gourds were selected as one of Tottori Prefecture’s top 100 exceptional items. When General Hideyoshi Hashiba attacked the region and squared off against General Motoharu Kikawa’s troops at Horse Mountain, the conflict was resolved without a battle. Associated with General Kikawa’s luck and resourcefulness as a general, the gourds made in the Hawai area of Yurihama came to be called General’s Gourds and are considered to be good luck charms.

知勇と開運をもたらすとされている大将ひょうたんは、「とっとり百選」に選ばれた逸品です。羽柴秀吉の中国攻めの折、馬ノ山において、秀吉と対峙して、両軍とも戦わずして陣を解いたという知将吉川元春の縁起にちなみ、羽合産ヒョウタンを、大将ひょうたんと名づけた縁起物です。

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