I visited Ebis shrine festival last Saturday. There are many Ebis shrines all over the nation, but especially in Kansai, they often have annual Ebis festival in January.
random snap shots from Ebis shrine festival in my neighborhood last Saturday
Sometimes I like to walk in the temple/shrine property.
It’s often very quiet.
(related to the previous post)
As this shrine was pretty famous, everybody hoped to visit there at least once in a lifetime. But some people were too old and some people lived too far to get there by themselves. So, it was common to get their dogs to visit the shrine.
Even today, this shrine let visitors come with their dogs, which is quite rare as a shrine.
I found this cute dog-themed fortune teller omikuji and bough one for myself.
Fortunately, it was 大吉(daikichi), which forecasts the best luck:)
There’s this famous shrine called Kompira-san in Takamatsu, Kagawa.
There’re around 1000 steps to get to the top.
I saw the festival at the nearby shrine yesterday.
The performance here is to get rid of the bad luck for the rest of the year.
It seems the couple sitting on the left asked them for this special prayer.
I visited the nearby Ebisu shrine a few days ago.
Ebisu is the name of one of our traditional “Seven Gods”, and he’s the god for successful business.
In Kansai(or only in Hyogo? not quite sure…but at least it’s not the case in Tokyo), they celebrate Ebisu on Jan.10th.
I don’t know the reason or its historical background, but they put coins onto the dedicated tunas…(･∀･；)
Culture is different between the east and the west part of Japan:)