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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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