The traveling Shichfukujin, the 7 lucky Gods, is one of the popular worshipping in any place of Japan. Most of towns in Japan has temples and shrines that enshrine each one of 7 Lukcy Gods. Every town and city of Japan has this 7 lucky gods tour. Not only Goshuin, the red sign, but some of tour has special dolls, figures and great gifts. 7 Lukcy Gods Tour travels famous temples and shrines of each locations. So, it is simply great tourism. Most of the sacred statues are open for public only early January. So, collect the good luck at the beginning of the year!
They are the 7 lucky gods:
Ebisi is lucky god with a fishing pole on right hand,and red bream on left hands. Ebisu is the only Japanese God in 7 Lucky Gods.
Benzaiten is the only Goddess in 7 Lucky Gods. She was originally Indian Goddess. Because she carries a guitar, people think she is the god of entertainment. However, she is actually a god of water. Benten Shrine in Japan always located near water.
Bisyamonten is Indian God of War. It is also known as Tamonten in Japan. He is not only the god of war, but also the god of treasure and wealth. He wears yellow armor, a pagoda on left hand and a spear on right hand.He is stepping on the evil with his angry face.
Fukurokuju is Laozi in China. His name is made from, Fuku of Lucky, Roku of wealth, Ju of eternal life. He has long head, long beard, stuff and his parter crane.
Hotei is Zen priest who existed in China during 10th century. His real name is Kaishi.
Hotei has a huge belly and great smile. He has a fan called Bashosen and like Daikoku, he has a lucky bag.
Jurojin is the founder of Taoism. It's the wizard who turned out from Laozi. He wears a cute cap, and has a long stuff and a deer as partner.