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Seven Lucky Gods

The seven lucky gods are images that you can find all over Japan. They have long histories and have been worshiped all over Asia as part of local folklore and Buddhist and Taoist cultures - all except the god Ebisu who seems to have origins in Japanese culture.

Ueno sensei, a Japanese teacher at JOI introduces this interesting topic and explains more about these traditional figures.

Ueno sensei reads the blog herself, so you can hear her natural Japanese speaking too !

Shichifukujin meguri


By UENO Akari




















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Shichifukujin meguri

This winter holiday I did “Shichifukujin meguri” (visiting of the Seven Deities of Good Luck) .

There are seven deities of good luck; Ebisu, Daikokuten, Bishamonten, Benzaiten, Fukurokuju, Jurōjin and Hotei. And the act of walking around and visiting the temples that enshrine these deities is known as “Shichifukujin meguri”. And especially during January, there are many people who go to pray for good health and luck for the year.

So let me introduce the seven gods here.

First is Ebisu-ten. His specialty is that he holds a sea bream and fishing rod. He is famous for being the God of fishing and prosperous business.

Second is Daikokuten. He carries a large bag on his back and he holds a magic mallet in his hand. He is mainly the god of farming and is said to give the divine favor of good harvests.

Next is Bishamonten. He wears armor and takes on the figure of a warrior. He is said to protect treasure. He is also known as the god of competition.

Next is Benzaiten. The only female god among the seven gods of deity. She carries an instrument called a Biwa. She is famous for being the goddess of art, wisdom and wealth.

Next is Fukurokuju. His specialty is his long head and white beard. He is said to grant long life and good luck.

Next is Jurōjin. He looks similar to Fukurokuju. He is the god of happiness and old age. He holds a peach which is a symbol for eternal youth and longevity and he is accompanied by a deer.

And finally there is Hotei. His smiling face and large belly are Hotei's specialties. It is said that the cloth bag he holds is full of treasure. And is the god of better luck and children's treasure.

These visits of the seven deities take place all over the country. There are various courses, from 1 hour easy courses and courses that take up to about 3 hours. If you celebrate New Years in Japan, please give one of these courses a try. I'm sure it will be fun !

◆~巡(めぐ)り : tour of~

◆~を祭(まつ)る : enshrine~

◆鯛(たい) : sea bream

◆釣竿(つりざお) : fishing rod

◆漁業(ぎょぎょう) : fishing industry

◆商売繁盛(しょうばいはんじょう) : prosperous business

◆打出(うちで)の小槌(こづち) : magic mallet

◆農業(のうぎょう) : agriculture; farming

◆五穀豊穣(ごこくほうじょう) : good harvest

◆ご利益(りやく) : divine favor

◆甲冑(かっちゅう) : armor

◆武人(ぶじん) : warrior

◆財宝(ざいほう) : treasure

◆勝負事(しょうぶごと) : competition; game (of chance); gambling

◆楽器(がっき) : musical instrument

◆知恵(ちえ) : wisdom

◆財運(ざいうん) : wealth; economic fortune

◆長寿(ちょうじゅ) : long life; longevity

◆福徳(ふくとく) : happiness; good luck

◆不老長寿(ふろうちょうじゅ) : eternal youth and longevity

◆開運(かいうん) : better fortune

◆子宝(こだから) : 子どものこと。treasure that is children


Hajimemashite everyone ! My name is Akari Ueno.
I live in Tokyo with my husband and daughter. I have had the experience of living in Hokkaido, Yokohama and Singapore.
I studied History in university, so I love touring around historical ruins. When I was younger, I went to see the Great Pyramids and Borobudur in Indonesia, but now I merely tour around the neighborhood parks with my daughter. I dream of touring around the world's famous ruins with my daughter one day.

When I study languages, one English phrase always comes to mind, "Use it, or lose it". I used to be scared of making mistakes, so even when I learned new vocabulary, I didn't use it. But after learning this English phrase from a friend, I started to use the vocabulary and terms I'd learned without fear of making mistakes.

Try to use your newly learned vocabulary and phrases all the time in the lessons. Looking forward to meeting you all in class !

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