Osaka Seven Deities of Good Fortune

by Hideo - Japan Licensed Guide
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Shichifukujin

Shichifukujin refers to SEVEN deities which are believed to bring in good fortune in Japan. THe deities consist of three Chinese deities, three Indian deities, and a Japanese deity.

Osaka temples and shrines dedicated to Shichifukujin

On January SEVENth I visited SEVEN temples and shrines dedicated to the deities of Good Fortune in Osaka.  By visiting all the seven shrines and temples on January SEVENth, people can gain SEVEN kinds of good luck: longevity, wealth, success in business (business prosperity), wisdom, virtue, victory and defeat, general good luck. I would like to show you four temples and shrines, four deities in Osaka.

Osaka Seven Deities of Good Fortune

Shitennoji temple Hotei-do

Hoteison (a Chinese deity) has great, round  and round pot-bellied baskets of chestnuts on his shoulder. It is said that good luck and happiness will come to the home of those who smile.

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Imamiya-ebisu Shrine

Ebisu is a Japanese deity.  He has a fishing rod on his right hand and an auspicious seabream under his left arm. 
It is said that Ebisu is the deity of business prosperity.

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Osaka Seven Deities of Good Fortune

Ookuninushi Shrine

Daikokuten (an Indian deity) literally means "Large Black Heaven."  He stands on bags of rice with a lucky hammer and a big sack in his hands.  It is said that Daikokuten is the deity of success in business.

Osaka Seven Deities of Good Fortune

Sanko Shrine

Ju-rojin, (an Indian deity), ju literally means "long life" and rojin literally "old man."  He has a long white beard with male deer behind.  It is said that he is the deity of longevity.

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As for Osaka tour, please refer to "The Tour of Osaka South Downtown"
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