Toka Ebisu - wishing for happiness and business success
This is one of the Japanese culture, people come to pray in shrine for happiness and business success.
Ebisu, familiarly called “Ebessan” in the Kansai dialect, is the patron deity of business as well as of fisheries.
A good luck bamboo branch decorated with lots of lucky items such as old, oval gold coins, sea bream and rice bales is a highly popular charm for business prosperity.
This is a grand event which has continued ever since the Edo Period (17th-19th Century) when Osaka used to thrive as a commercial town. January 10th (in Japanese we say ‘Toka’) is the main festival day, and the 9th is called the Eve of Ebisu, while the 11th is known as the “Last Helping of Luck.”
We visited on 10th January, wishing prosperity for both us and our valuable distributors.