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Hotei Technique
Kanji 木遁・皆布袋の術
Rōmaji Mokuton: Hotei no Jutsu
Literal English Wood Release: Cloth Sack Technique
English anime Wood Style: Laughing Buddha Jutsu
English games Laughing Monk Jutsu
Manga Volume #65, Naruto Chapter #621
Anime Naruto Shippūden Episode #366
Game Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution
Appears in Anime, Manga, Game
Classification Nature Icon Wood Kekkei Genkai, Ninjutsu
Class Offensive, Defensive, Supplementary
Range Short to Mid range
Hand seals Clap hands together → Technique specific seal

The user creates a number of gigantic wooden hands that erupt upward from beneath the ground, which then encircle and attempt to restrain a chosen enemy. The size of each of these hands is around the size of a tailed beast. Hashirama is shown to be able to manifest two hands with sheer will alone, without the use of hand seals.


This technique seems to be influenced by Budai (布袋, Budai), also known as Hotei in Japanese. He is almost always shown smiling or laughing, hence his nickname: the Laughing Buddha. In Japan, Hotei persists in folklore as one of the Seven Lucky Gods of Taoism.

See Also


  1. Fourth Databook, page 299