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Jiraiya is shown wearing a headband with 油【あぶら】 drawn onto it. I know that 油 is the symbol for abura, and that it means "oil".

But how is it related to him? Does it have anything to do with the fact that he is a sage from Mount Myoboku?

  • A toad in Kaguya Otsutsuki's story has a jewlery with that symbol written on it in Naruto Shippuden episode 461. – user31244 Mar 2 '17 at 0:54
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The kanji for Oil 油 【あぶら】(Abura) is the symbol of Myobokuzan. Jiraiya wearing it on his forehead protector represents his affiliation to it. The symbol probably comes from their special sacred oil, which allows people to feel natural energy more easily, and evaporates outside Myobokuzan's atmosphere.

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  • Although I have noticed nobody else, other than the Great Toad Sage, sport that kanji. Maybe I did not observe closely. – Masked Man Nov 22 '13 at 9:15
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    In Japan, 蛤蟆の油(gama no abura)is a type of medicine effective in treating burns, cuts, and bruises. – кяαzєя Nov 22 '13 at 14:48
  • @Krazer Interesting, I wasn't aware of that. Thanks. – Masked Man Nov 22 '13 at 15:14

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