Praying To The God of Wealth

Had a great time (where else but in Japan can you get a squid on a stick?) and delivered the prayers to Ebisuten (the God of Wealth).

squid on a stick
squid on a stick

Half the fun is the walk to the shrine and back. The streets are lined with booths for all types of food and games. Imagine a local school carnival on steroids and you’ll begin to get the picture. Of course, once you arrive at the shrine it doesn’t stop. The booths continue on until you reach the main area to pray. Good fun all around.

The first thing that happens when you walk into the area to pray is that you’re blessed by having this paper thing (imagine a large duster made of paper) placed on your head.

being blessed at ebessan
people being ble

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9 Responses to Praying To The God of Wealth

  1. Michael says:

    Nice pictures! I could tell you are an Ebayer with the great close ups.

  2. Caitlin says:

    Great writeup – looks like a fun time. Thanks for being our proxy, the whole thing made me smile!

  3. visionary says:

    This seems fascinating. Its always interesting to see the cultural difference and how much the people over there value good fortune and successes. Love the squid!

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  5. Zorro's Steno says:

    Fascinating. It sounds like a church in northern Brazil (o Senhor do Bomfim (Mr. Goodend)). You buy these ribbons and make a wish and tie three knots. When it breaks, the wish comes true. Money, Love, whatever. Some people put them on their wrists and really scrub to speed up the process. Some put them on their license plates. Really anywhere, where eventually they’ll wear off.

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