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Ebisu Shrine, New Year's Day

Posted by
Daryl Johnson (Worcester Park, United Kingdom) on 4 March 2009 in Lifestyle & Culture.

I'm a bit behind with posting these shots from New Year's Day - I forgot I had them! Oops!

These men are selling decorated bamboo branches called fukuzasa. People display them in shops and offices in order to bring good fortune for the coming year's business. The shrine was particularly busy this year!

I apologise in advance if I'm tardy with commenting on your blogs or returning comments during the week... I will get to you though!

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Cool. Hiroshima has an Ebisu Feastival in the fall that is a pretty big deal. They sold those same rake shaped items.

4 Mar 2009 5:36am

@Steve Rice: Yes; Ebisu shrines are common all over Japan Steve. Cheers!

standley from Carquefou, France

Beautiful capture. I like the light contrast here!

4 Mar 2009 10:05am

@standley: Cheers Richard!

Richard_Irwin from Belper, United Kingdom

The light was amazing, I like the way the image carries so much colour and vibrancy.

4 Mar 2009 12:14pm

@Richard_Irwin: Thanks Richard!

Cheryl from Texas, United States

beautiful colours. nice candid shot

4 Mar 2009 12:57pm

@Cheryl: Cheers Cheryl!

vu@granby - Wolfgang from Granby, Québec, Canada

I guess they were busy this year, we all need a pile of good luck now! Great use of light & shade!

4 Mar 2009 1:27pm

@vu@granby - Wolfgang: Yes indeed! Thanks Wolfgang.

Twelvebit from Victoria, United States

You don't need bamboo shoots for good business fortune, just some buddies in the government willing to indemnify you at taxpayer expense against all your bad decisions.

4 Mar 2009 3:09pm

@Twelvebit: Oh come on Twelvebit... don't you want a nice bit of bamboo..?

Laurie from New Jersey, United States

Nice street shot and interesting tradition.

4 Mar 2009 5:39pm

@Laurie: Cheers Laurie!

Olivier Jules from Lanciano, Italy

beautiful picture

4 Mar 2009 6:39pm

@Olivier Jules: Thanks Olivier!