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Shichi Fukujin

Motif Information
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Rōmaji Shichi Fukujin
English Seven Lucky Gods
Kanji 七福神
Kana しちふくじん
Season All-Season
Seasonal Exceptions New Year's Day
Auspicious Yes
Motif Type Auspicious
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The Shichi Fukujin, the Seven Lucky Gods, are often seen sailing on their treasure ship, (takarabune), with their takaramono, sacred treasures. Sometimes not all seven will appear, if only a pair are shown, it's most likely they are Daikoku and Ebisu.

The Shichi Fukujin are:

  • Hotei, god of abundance and good health
  • Jurōjin, god of longevity
  • Fukurokuju, god of happiness, wealth and longevity
  • Bishamonten, god of warriors
  • Benzaiten (Benten-sama), goddess of knowledge, art and beauty, especially music
  • Daikoku, god of wealth, commerce and trade
  • Ebisu, god of fisherman and merchants


Seasonal Use, Exceptions & Pairings

Shichi Fukujin can be any season, but are especially linked with New Year's Day. These deities were widely worshiped around the time of the Muromachi era.

Benten (Sarasvati in Sanskrit) is the only female deity among these seven, often depicted playing a biwa (Japanese lute).

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