Pray for happiness and business success ( Toka Ebisu )
Ebisu is is the Japanese god of good commerce and bountiful fishing.
In Kansai, people familiarly call him "Ebessan" and visit Ebisu shrine during " Toka Ebisu festival ".
The biggest Ebisu shrine is Nishinomiya Ebisu shrine at Nishinomiya city, Hyogo.
The event of "Fukuotoko erabi, lucky man race is held at the shrine on January 10th.
You may know the race because the winner of this race is picked up with many news every year !
Nishinomiya Ebisu http://nishinomiya-ebisu.com/ebisu2018/kaimonshinji.html
Imamiya Ebisu Shrine at Osaka is very popular and is visited by one million people each year, too.
In Kyoto, many people visit Kyoto Ebisu shrine during " Toka Ebisu festival ".
" Toka Ebisu " is the festival people pray for happiness and business success.
This festival is held from January 9th to January 11th or 12th.
January 10th is the main festival day, and the 9th is called the Eve of Ebisu, while the 11th and 12th are
known as the "Last Helping of Luck".
Kyoto Ebisu shrine is at Gion which is the most famous downtown area and tourist spot in Kyoto.
So when I went to the shrine,there were a lot of people who seemed to be merchants visited.
Fuku musume (good luck girls) give out lucky goods to the visitors(Of course, we have to pay money to get it...).
At first people buy Sasa, good luck bamboo branch and decorate many lucky items.
We can choose lucky items such as "Senryoubako"box of old Japanese gold coins, sea bream and rice
balls and more.
I choiced Senryoubako (to earn much money), Kumade ( to gather luck and wealth )
and Tiritori ( to scoop up luck and wealth which gather with Kumade).
It is fun to decorate and make your original good luck bamboo branch.
I feel it is more powerful than ones which another people choice and create.
Why don't you make your original lucky item to pray happiness and business success ?
Kyoto Ebisu shrine