Seven Lucky Gods

Celebrate Japan’s Bean-Throwing Tradition by Joining These 2 Events in February

Japan has many celebrations and traditions that are relatively unknown by those outside the country. New Year is celebrated differently to the West, and in February, there is an old tradition that is still enjoyed by families, groups of friends, and even co-workers to this day. February is a busy month for events in Japan.…

Discover the Wonders of Nagano on the Road to Zenkoji Temple

The road to Zenkoji (善光寺), one of the most famous Buddhist temples in Japan, is an easy one. Situated in the beautiful Japanese Alps, a convenient, regular, 80-minute bullet train links Tokyo with Nagano City (長野市), the capital of the Nagano Prefecture (長野県) and the gateway to this seventh-century icon. Nagano Unlike Zenkoji, Nagano City…

Where Did Japan’s 7 Lucky Gods Come From?

Japan`s 7 Lucky Gods are an eclectic mix of one Japanese deity (Ebisu) and deities from Indian Hinduist (Benzaiten, Bishamonten, Daikokuten) and Chinese Taoist and Buddhist (Fukurokuju, Hotei, Jurojin) origin. They are called ‘shichifukujin’ in Japanese, which is a combination of the characters “seven,” “luck,” and “deity” (七 福神). Children grow up hearing stories about…

Check Out the Forest of the Seven Lucky Gods in Gifu!

The Seven Lucky Gods of Japan represent good fortune when it comes to Japanese folklore and mythology. Most of them came from India and China and are often seen in many carvings from ancient trees and other representations all throughout the country. You can also see them carved in rows of rice storehouses in Hida…
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Make a Trip to Each of the Seven Lucky Gods in Shibamata!

One of the most-awaited events in Japan during the New Year holidays is visiting the seven lucky gods in shrines and temples where statuettes are being sold. There are many ways for people to do this which mostly include walking courses or pilgrimages across the country. Let’s explore the beautiful walking course of Shibamata. Shibamata…

Visit the Seven Lucky Gods on Your New Year’s Pilgrimage

Many Japanese people are quite superstitious: they believe in luck and fortune tellings. In addition to different kinds of lucky charms, black eggs and several animals, there is a set of seven deities called ‘shichifukujin’ (seven lucky gods) that are supposed to bring you luck. The pictures and sculptures of these deities are worshipped and…

Meet the Seven Lucky Gods of Japan!

The land of the rising sun is home to a number of gods and deities which depict several meanings to the Japanese people and their culture. But there are actually seven popular gods in Japan known as the Shichi Fukujin or the Seven Lucky Gods that represent different types of luck and virtues since the…