Today, January 10th is '10th Ebisu Festival' which means 'January 10th Business Success Festival'.
Ebisu is believed to be the patron deity of business and fisheries. Many people come to the Ebisu shrine to pray for happiness and business success. There are a number of Ebisu shrines in Japan, and especially in Osaka, they are very popular because Osaka used to thrive as a commercial center of Japan in Edo period (1603～1867).
This festival is held at many shrines, especially in Kansai. Imamiya Ebisu Shrine in Osaka city is the most famous one, but I don't want to go to too crowded place, so I visited a local Ebisu shrine in Ibaraki city. I feel the people's strong hope for business success in the long-lasting economic slowdown in Japan.
|beautiful shinto maiden praying for happiness and prosperity|