Most viewed - Toka Ebisu at Nishinomiya Shrine 西宮神社 十日えびす
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Barrels of sake displayed for Toka Ebisu inside Hanshin Nishinomiya Station.237 views
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Toka Ebisu banner inside Umeda Station.122 views
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Video of Toka Ebisu at Nishinomiya Shrine, Hyogo.113 views
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By this time, the tuna was dry and solid as a rock. It was impossible to stick on more coins.99 views
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Coins stuck on giant tune at Nishinomiya Shrine Toka Ebisu.95 views
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Toka Ebisu ad inside Hanshin Line train.95 views
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They also had a giant maguro tuna fish on display as an offering to the shrine from a fishing cooperative.93 views
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Hanshin Nishinomiya Station.92 views
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Something unique is this upside down kadomatsu decoration flanking Nishinomiya Shrine's Haiden Hall.88 views
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Shrine maidens selling fuku-sasa branches at Nishinomiya Shrine's Toka Ebisu.88 views
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Where the tail is cut off.87 views
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Selling omikuji fortunes.66 views
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Exiting Hanshin Nishinomiya Station on Jan 10, 2011.54 views
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Way to Hanshin Nishinomiya Station.54 views
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People on the left are leaving the shrine, while people on the right are heading for the shrine. About a million people visit Nishinomiya Shrine during Jan. 9-11.49 views
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The tuna is 2.9 meters long weighing 280 kg. About the same as two sumo wrestlers.48 views
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People on the left are heading for the shrine, while people on the right are leaving.48 views
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Exiting Nishinomiya Shrine.48 views
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Very narrow path back to the station.48 views
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On the left was a separate entrance here to see the giant tuna (maguro).47 views
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About the tai sea bream.47 views
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Along the way, there was a place where you could throw away your old Ebisu decorations.46 views
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Fuku-zasa branches cost 1000 or 3000 yen.46 views
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At Osaka's Imamiya Shrine (another big Ebisu shrine), the tree branches are real and you can choose which decorations to put on it.46 views
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Entering Nishinomiya Shrine at the Omote Daimon Gate, usually called Akamon Gate. 西宮神社表大門 通称赤門45 views
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Ebessan-suji road going to Nishinomiya Jinja Shrine.45 views
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They stuffed coins in every crack and crevice of the fish. I wonder who's gonna eat the fish afterward.45 views
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But we got nearer and nearer so it wasn't so bad and it wasn't taking forever.44 views
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The tradition is to stick on coins on the tuna.44 views
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Nishinomiya Shrine's 300-yen omikuji comes with a cute tai (sea bream).44 views
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Fruits and vegetable offerings from the local produce cooperative.43 views
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Wash basin to purify yourself. Few people stopped here.42 views
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Sacred dancer.42 views
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Here's the cheap 100-yen omikuji line, much longer than the one for the 300-yen omikuji.42 views
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Offering of octopus (tako).41 views
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Hyakudayu Shrine40 views
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About Hyakudayu Shrine.40 views
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Nishinomiya Shrine maiden selling Fuku-zasa tree branches for Toka Ebisu. I was disappointed that the branches were plastic and all the decorations were already on them.40 views
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Ebisu decorations40 views
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Smaller shrines in Nishinomiya Shrine.39 views
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Haiden hall up ahead. Behind it is the Honden main hall.38 views
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Nishinomiya Shrine worships a god named Hiruko (蛭子), also known as Ebisu, one of the Seven Gods of Fortune. Ebisu is regarded as the god of fishermen and good fortune depicted as a rotund, bald man holding a tai sea bream.38 views
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Scene after you exit the Honden.38 views
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Fuku-zasa tree branches for prosperity and good fortune sold here.38 views
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Omikuji38 views
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It's a stop-and-go process.37 views
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Nishinomiya Shrine's Haiden Hall. It took about 30 min. to get here from Akamon Gate.37 views
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About the upside down kadomatsu.37 views
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They also waved sacred staffs over our heads as we entered the Haiden.37 views
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After passing through the Haiden, there's the Honden main worship hall, the shrine's main building.37 views
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Ema tablets at Nishinomiya Shrine.37 views
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Tai sea bream display case.37 views
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About Homusubi Shrine.37 views
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Exiting the Honden.36 views
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Tai sea bream pair.36 views
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Homusubi Shrine36 views
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Pay a fee to enter this little hall to be blessed with a sacred dance.36 views
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Compared to Imamiya Shrine, they weren't so busy selling fuku-zasa branches.36 views
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Shinmei Shrine36 views
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Entering the Nishinomiya Shrine's Haiden Hall.35 views
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The Honden had this narrow but long offertory box. Surprisingly small for a huge occasion as this.35 views
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Ema tablets.35 views
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Proceed further to see more vendors.35 views
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The shrine also had numerous stalls selling Ebisu decorations.34 views
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Way home34 views
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House of Horros amusement even.34 views
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Leaving the shrine was on a narrow, long path.33 views
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