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Jan 8, 2019
Toka Ebisu at Imamiya Ebisu Shrine, Osaka
9th - 11th January, 2019 | at Imamiya Ebisu Shrine, Osaka Buy a good luck bamboo branch and pray to Ebisu, the patron deity of commerce for success in business.
This festival is held at many shrines, particularly in Kansai. Imamiya Ebisu Shrine is very popular and is visited by one million people each year who come to pray 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 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."
The famous Ebisu Bridge over the Dotonbori River was originally built for worshippers visiting this shrine.
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