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Japanese Mythology:  In the Japanese language, the seven gods of luck are called Shichi Fukujin, which means "seven happiness beings".

Japanese Mythology: In the Japanese language, the seven gods of luck are called Shichi Fukujin, which means "seven happiness beings".

Daruma is the founder of Zen Buddhism in Japan (552 AD). Originally an Indian priest named Bodhidharma, he crossed all over China to introduce Buddhism in Japan. The legend says that he crossed the sea from China to Japan standing on a bamboo

Daruma is the founder of Zen Buddhism in Japan (552 AD). Originally an Indian priest named Bodhidharma, he crossed all over China to introduce Buddhism in Japan. The legend says that he crossed the sea from China to Japan standing on a bamboo

Ame-no-Uzume (天宇受売命 or 天鈿女命) is the Japanese Goddess of merrymaking and dance. She is the one who lured the sun Goddess Amaterasu to come out of her self-imposed exile in a cave, returning sunlight to the world. She overturned a washtub and began to dance on it, to the delight of the surrounding Gods and Goddesses. Their laughter at her antics made Amaterasu curious enough to step out of her cave. (Art by Kajita Hanko,『天宇受売命』, 1897, Fukutomi Taro collection)

Ame-no-Uzume (天宇受売命 or 天鈿女命) is the Japanese Goddess of merrymaking and dance. She is the one who lured the sun Goddess Amaterasu to come out of her self-imposed exile in a cave, returning sunlight to the world. She overturned a washtub and began to dance on it, to the delight of the surrounding Gods and Goddesses. Their laughter at her antics made Amaterasu curious enough to step out of her cave. (Art by Kajita Hanko,『天宇受売命』, 1897, Fukutomi Taro collection)

A monk in India gives this Buddha statue a spring cleaning ahead of the Buddha's 2,553rd birthday celebrations to be held on May 9. The bathing of Buddha statues is meant to symbolize both fresh starts in life and the care given to newborn babies. Many other countries already celebrated the birthday on May 2.

A monk in India gives this Buddha statue a spring cleaning ahead of the Buddha's 2,553rd birthday celebrations to be held on May 9. The bathing of Buddha statues is meant to symbolize both fresh starts in life and the care given to newborn babies. Many other countries already celebrated the birthday on May 2.

A Japanese Tengu ("heavenly dog"). Buddhism long held that the tengu were disruptive demons and harbingers of war. Their image gradually softened, however, into one of protective, if still dangerous, spirits of the mountains and forests. Tengu are associated with the ascetic practice known as Shugendō, and they are usually depicted in the distinctive garb of its followers, the yamabushi. - wiki

A Japanese Tengu ("heavenly dog"). Buddhism long held that the tengu were disruptive demons and harbingers of war. Their image gradually softened, however, into one of protective, if still dangerous, spirits of the mountains and forests. Tengu are associated with the ascetic practice known as Shugendō, and they are usually depicted in the distinctive garb of its followers, the yamabushi. - wiki

Yotsuya Kaidan, supposedly the most famous and influential Japanese ghost story of all time

Yotsuya Kaidan, supposedly the most famous and influential Japanese ghost story of all time

Shintoism - Izangi and Izanami - The two kami who gave birth to Japan.

Shintoism - Izangi and Izanami - The two kami who gave birth to Japan.

Hotei-Like Daikoku, he stands for wealth. But he is also the god of laughter and happiness by being content with what you have. He is depicted as a laughing fat man with a bag of rice over his shoulders and kids. On some pictures, he is shown sitting in a cart drawn by children.

Hotei-Like Daikoku, he stands for wealth. But he is also the god of laughter and happiness by being content with what you have. He is depicted as a laughing fat man with a bag of rice over his shoulders and kids. On some pictures, he is shown sitting in a cart drawn by children.

Jurojin-The god of longevity and happiness in your old days. The attributes in his company are a tortoise and a crane. And he is depicted with a smile on his face. Another happy old man!

Jurojin-The god of longevity and happiness in your old days. The attributes in his company are a tortoise and a crane. And he is depicted with a smile on his face. Another happy old man!

<化物忠臣蔵 九段目 : BAKEMONO CHUSHINGURA> THE MONSTER’S CHUSHINGURA KUNIYOSHI UTAGAWA 1798-1861 Last of Edo Period

<化物忠臣蔵 九段目 : BAKEMONO CHUSHINGURA> THE MONSTER’S CHUSHINGURA KUNIYOSHI UTAGAWA 1798-1861 Last of Edo Period

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