Hotei, Jurōjin, Fukurokuju, Bishamonten, Benzaiten, Daikokuten and Ebisu are known as The Seven Gods of Fortune (Shichi Fukujin), a group of beloved deities in Japan. The Shichi Fukujin pilgrimage paths are very popular in Japan and can be found on most traditional areas. I once followed one of them, and it was a very enjoyable experience…
One of the aspects I enjoy the most is the representation of this religious symbol with cute characters, like in this picture taken in Kawagoe, a poster advertising the local Shichi Fukujin pilgrimage path, featuring the 7 Gods and the Bell of Time (Toki no kane), a well known landmark of the city.
Yesterday’s Japan Photo: