Why do Japanese octopus wear headbands?

I’ve been wondering about this for a long time: why are たこ always represented wearing 鉢巻?

I mean, I understand the mouth, but where does the headband come from? Is it because hachimaki is a symbol of hard workers and the tako with its 8 “arms” must be good at multi-tasking?

Photo courtesy of kamoda

4 thoughts on “Why do Japanese octopus wear headbands?”

  1. I guess it’s because the traditional figure of the takoyaki-selling artisan is often represented with a hachimaki himself. Or is it a pun on “hachi (8) maki” ?
    The shape of the mouth is a bigger mystery to me: I know no variety of octopus with mouths like this…

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