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Seiun-ji, Yanaka

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Arakawa-ku, Nishi-Nippori 3-6-4 || Tel.: 03-3821-4241


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             Seifun-ji, is one of the temples on the Yanaka pilgrimage and in this temple the Deity Ebisu of the Seven Gods of Fortune is enshrined. The Deity Ebisu should not be confused with the area in Shibuya around Ebisu Station .

    

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Seiun-ji, Yanaka, Tokyo

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             Seifun-ji, a Zen temple of the Rinzai sect, is also known as Hanamidera, gFlower Viewing Templeh, because of the cherry trees and azaleas that were planted in its grounds in the 18th century. It was therefore the pride of what once was gthe village of Nipporih – now the only green in this part of the city are the trees and plants in the temple garden.

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Ebisu

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Ebisu

       

          Ebisu, also written as Yebisu or called Hiruko or Kotoshiro-nushi-no-kami, is the Japanese god of fishermen, good luck, and workingmen, as well as the guardian of the health of small children. He is one of the Seven Gods of Fortune, and the only one of the seven to originate from Japan.       

          Ebisu was originally named Hiruko, meaning "leech child". He was the first child of Izanagi and Izanami, born without bones (or, in some stories, without arms and legs) due to his mother's transgression during the marriage ritual. Hiruko struggled to survive but, as he could not stand, he was cast to the sea in a boat of reeds before his third birthday. He eventually washed ashore — possibly in Ezo, ancient Hokkaidō) — and was cared for by the Ainu Ebisu Saburo.

          The weak child overcame many hardships, grew legs (and, presumably, the rest of his skeletal structure) at the age of three, and became the god Ebisu. He remains slightly crippled and deaf, but mirthful and auspicious nonetheless (hence the title, "The Laughing God"). He is often depicted wearing a tall hat — the Kazaori Eboshi  — holding a rod and a large red bream or sea bass. Jellyfish are also associated with the god and the fugu restaurants of Japan will often incorporate Ebisu in their motif.

          Ebisu's festival is celebrated on the twentieth day of the tenth month, Kannazuki (the month without gods). While the other eight million members of the Japanese pantheon gather at The Grand Shrine of Izumo, Ebisu does not hear the summons and is thus still available for worship.

          Ebisu is frequently paired with Daikokuten, another of the Seven Gods of Fortune, in displays of the twin patrons by small shopkeepers. In some versions of the myth they are father and son (or master and apprentice). Also, these two are often joined by Fukurokuju to be the "Three Gods of Good Fortune".

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Other temples and their deities in Yanaka:

TempleDeity
Tokaku-jiFukurokuju
Seiun-jiEbisu
Shusei-inHotei
Tennou-jiBishamonten
Choan-jiJuroujin
Gokoku-inDaikokuten
BentendoBenzaiten

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