We took our annual trip to the Ebisuten (the God of Wealth) shrine to pray for good money fortune today. It was a much different affair than our trip in 2006 when we went during the festival and the shrine was packed (we were in the middle of our move back here when that took place) and it gave a completely different perspective on the shrine.
We have always gone during the festival in previous years and it is wall to wall people with booths lining all the pathways selling stuff so there is no way to really see the shrine. Today there were only a handful of people and we had the time to wander around the shrine’s grounds.
My wife washing her hands before entering the shrine
While I se...