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Ebisu and Daikokuten – Kanda Myojin

Posted in Japanese Traditions, Places by tokyobling on November 19, 2014

At a festival in Kanda Myojin near the famous Akihabara district in central Tokyo I saw these two dressed up Gods from the Japanese mythological pantheon, Ebisu and Daikokuten. They are both members of the most commonly appearing Japanese God “band”, the Seven Gods of Fortune (七福神 Shichifukujin). Ebisu is the slightly crippled and deaf God of fishermen, workingmen and luck, and is usually shown holding a large fish and a rod in his distinctive hat. Daikokuten is the god of Darkness and also associated with luck and the household, especially the kitchen. He is usually shown holding his magic hammer which can tap out anything wished for. When not standing at shrines in central Tokyo he is usually seen sitting on two bales of rice, so full that mice gather around to catch what falls out of them.

It is not very common to see the Gods acted out like this at shrines and temples in Japan so I took the opportunity to catch these two fellows when they showed up. You can see other posts about Kanda Myojin and the festivals there here.



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  1. tranthanhbinh202 said, on November 19, 2014 at 6:52 am

    These gods have big ears, Could you explain to me why do they have big ears?


    • tokyobling said, on November 25, 2014 at 2:10 am

      I am not sure if it is artistic tradition or if there is any meaning to it, but it probably related to the buddhist “Fukumimi”, a superstition that people with big or fat earlobes are richer and more successful. This comes from them looking more like the Buddha, who according to legend has earlobes so thick that you could rest grains of rice on them. (^-^;)

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      • tranthanhbinh202 said, on November 25, 2014 at 2:45 am

        Thanks for giving a detailed answer ^^.


        • yoshizen said, on March 10, 2015 at 8:55 am

          Observation adding to here is —– see the photos of successful peoples, what
          shape of the ear they got ! And in comparison, see the ear shape of AV figure.
          Most of those people got almost no earlobes. (well, I said most = not 100%)

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          • tokyobling said, on March 10, 2015 at 10:29 am

            I think the subject demands a rigorous study be accredited anthropologists! (^-^;)


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