Ebisu (aka Kotoshiro-nushi-no-kami) is one of Shinto’s most intriguing characters.  One of the Seven Lucky Gods, he carries a sea bream and is the patron deity of fishermen. In medieval times, Ebisu was identified with Hiruko – the leech child … Continue reading

Kobe’s Seven Lucky Gods

  The Seven Lucky Gods (Shichifukujin) may be the ultimate in Japan’s syncretic landscape.  They pop up anywhere and everywhere, whether Shinto shrine or Buddhist temple.  Though the Meiji government tried to sever all forms of syncretism, they failed miserably … Continue reading

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