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Imamiya Ebisu Shrine is dedicated to Ebisu, one of the Seven Gods of Good Fortune, representing business prosperity. On Jan. 9-11 (centering on the 10th), the shrine holds one of Japan's largest Toka Ebisu festivals to pray for good business. The festival is perhaps Japan's most commercial festival where souvenirs and trinkets for business prosperity are sold. Photo: The road from the subway station to the shrine is decorated.
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Path near the shrine is filled with street stalls selling Ebisu decorations and charms.
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Ebisu decorations
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Torii and entrance to Imamiya Ebisu Shrine
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Imamiya Ebisu Shrine
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Imamiya Ebisu Shrine, Osaka
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A giant umbrella serves as the roof.
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Giving out free bamboo branches under the giant umbrella.
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Here you go...
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The small bamboo branches festoon the huge crowd on Jan. 10.
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Replenishing the supply of bamboo branches.
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Money pit
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The shrine rakes in the money on its most important day of the year, Jan. 10.
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Who says money can't buy happiness?
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New Year's decorations trashed at the shrine to be burned.
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Hauling away the old New Year's decorations.
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People line up to decorate their free bamboo branches with various lucky decorations.
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Empty branches waiting for all the trimmings (at a price).
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Shrine maidens happily sell and attach lucky decorations on the branches.
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Higashi-mon east gate
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2007 is the Year of the Boar, decoration created by over 500 students at a local elementary and junior high school.
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Higashi-mon east gate
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Shrine maidens decorate bamboo branches or rakes.
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Shrine maidens decorate bamboo branches or rakes.
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Good-looking shrine maidens decorate bamboo branches or rakes.
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Toka Ebisu, Imamiya Ebisu Shrine, Osaka
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Even gaijin shrine maidens decorate bamboo branches or rakes. Toka Ebisu, Imamiya Ebisu Shrine, Osaka
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Even gaijin shrine maidens decorate bamboo branches or rakes. Toka Ebisu, Imamiya Ebisu Shrine, Osaka
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Fully-loaded "lucky rake."
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Sacred dance performed at cost.
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More stalls behind the shrine.
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Omikuji fortune paper strips for sale at 200 yen.
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Omikuji fortune paper strips
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Good Luck Palanquin procession on Jan. 10. They are entering the shrine's East Gate. 宝恵駕籠
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Geisha on palanquin.
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The procession includes geisha and other celebrities.
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Even a bunraku puppet walks in the parade.
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Kimono-clad beauties, winners of some Miss contest.
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Fuku-musume or Lucky Maidens
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Fuku-musume or Lucky Maiden
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Miss Ebisu-bashi
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The Fuku-musume or Lucky Maidens are all nice-looking.
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Geisha
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Fuku-musume or Lucky Maidens
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Miss Ebisu-bashi Runner-up
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Miss Ebisu-bashi Runner-up
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Shinsaibashi Top Lady
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Start of the procession's return trip from the shrine.とんぼりリバーウォーク→大和屋→道頓堀東映→B1角座(10:00)→松竹座→戎橋橋詰→千日前国際劇場→吉本会館→今宮戎神社(12:10頃)→なんばCITY→高島屋→大丸→大和屋
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Ebisu on a palanquin.
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Geisha
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Geisha on a palanquin
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Geisha on a palanquin, Toka Ebisu, Imamiya Ebisu Shrine, Osaka
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Cart for the Lucky Maiden
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Fuku-musume Lucky Maiden
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Slim-looking Ebisu
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Cart for Miss Ebisu-bashi
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Miss Ebisu-bashi
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Miss Ebisu-bashi, Toka Ebisu, Imamiya Ebisu Jinja, Osaka
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Shinsaibashi Top Lady cart
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Shinsaibashi Top Lady
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Another Shinsaibashi Top Lady
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People patting a lucky mirror?
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Never-ending sales pitch on Toka Ebisu Day. All these good-looking girls make you wanna buy something.
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The shrine is surrounded by Ebisu street stalls.
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