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Hokoku Shrine holds Toka Ebisu Festival on Jan. 9-11. The main day is Jan. 10 when they hold a parade.
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Road to Hokoku Shrine, a short walk from JR Nagahama Station.
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Dedicated to Toyotomi Hideyoshi, Hokoku Shrine is geared for business prosperity and success in life.
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Ebisu is one of the seven gods of good fortune. MAP
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For Toka Ebisu, the shrine has many booths selling Toka Ebisu decorations that supposed to bring business prosperity.
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Selling decorations for Toka Ebisu
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Selling decorations for Toka Ebisu.
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Hokoku Shrine, Nagahama, Shiga
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Inside Hokuku Shrine.
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Inside the shrine
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Old New Year's decorations to be burned.
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Old New Year's decorations to be burned
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Old New Year's decorations to be burned.
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Toka Ebisu maidens participating in the Toka Ebisu parade on Jan. 10.
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Shrine maidens
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Giant sea bream float for Toka Ebisu
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They left the shrine and paraded around central Nagahama.
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Good luck maidens ride in the parade
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Musicians
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Toka Ebisu parade on the main road in Nagahama
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Very sparse crowd.
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こっちも向いてよ
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Looks like the musicians float was empty...
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But it was full of kids.
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Schedule for throwing lucky rice cakes on Jan 9, 10, and 11. Three times a day. Four times on Jan. 10. Fuku-mochi maki.
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Shrine maidens ready to toss the mochi at Hokoku Shrine. Another highlight of Toka Ebisu.
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Tossing good luck rice cakes for Toka Ebisu
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Throwing mochi rice cakes on Toka Ebisu, Hokoku Shrine, Nagahama, Shiga Pref.
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Nagahama mayor also throws mochi.
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Good luck mochi rice cakes. I caught two of them. The kanji character is "fuku" meaning good luck.
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On Jan. 11 they burn the old New Year's decorations.
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Burning old New Year's decorations, Hokoku Jinja, Nagahama, Shiga Pref.
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Burning of old New Year's decorations in mid-January
     
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