7 Lucky Gods – 七福神 Shichi Fukujin

Last year toddler girl and I went
on a guided tour of the 7 Lucky Gods. Visiting seven shrines and temples, this
is something the Japanese do from 7-31 January.  You can also get a board
and have it stamped at each location, which I did.  It is a great piece to
display and to have to show our time in Japan.  

It was very cold the day
of the tour and toddler walked most of the tour, which was about 6 miles long.
It was fun and since it snowed earlier in the week, it was nice to see Kamakura,
Japan covered in snow, well what was left of it.  There is also a stamp
book, that one takes to any shrine or temple visit and have it stamped.  I
think I will be doing that and starting a stamp book.  Which is another
great way to document time and travel around Japan.

Here is a list of all the
places we went to with the name of the 7 lucky Gods that was there:

  • Benten
    (Benzaiten) @ Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine – goddess of knowlesge, art, and
    beauty, especially music

  • Bishamon @ Hokaiji Temple – god of warriors

  • Jurojin @ Myoryuji Temple – god of longevity

  • Ebisu @ Hongakuji Temple – god
    of fishers or merchants, often depicted carrying a sea bream

  • Daikoku @
    Hasedara Temple – god of wealth, commerce and trade.
Fukurokuju @ Goryo
    Jinja Shrine – god of happiness, wealth, and longevity

  • Hotei @ Jochi-ji
    Temple – the fat and happy god of abundance and good health

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