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Ebisu Shrine, New Year's Day 8

Posted by
Daryl Johnson (Worcester Park, United Kingdom) on 11 March 2009 in Lifestyle & Culture.

Touching a statue of the god Ebisu, to bring luck.

Sorry about the hanging white paper blocking the statue's face! Blast!

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!

Hoshisato from Ealing, United Kingdom

It is a bit regretful that the paper blocks the statue a little, but you caught the people really well and I think that the impact of this photo is determined by them, and not the statue.

11 Mar 2009 8:02am

@Hoshisato: Cheers Hoshisato!

Standley from Carquefou, France

Nice capture Daryl. I like the fascination of the people!

11 Mar 2009 8:04am

@Standley: Thanks Richard!

kiji from Valenciennes City of Lights, France

The famous Ebisu :)
He looks so shiyawase ;)

11 Mar 2009 8:16am

@kiji: Cheers kiji!

toni pons barro from mahon, Spain

Fantastic images, i like all cultures of the world.

11 Mar 2009 10:32am

@toni pons barro: Thanks toni!

Cheryl from Texas, United States

I like the expressions of the two people! Bravo

11 Mar 2009 11:24am

@Cheryl: Cheers Cheryl!

EYES WIDE SHUT from United Kingdom

A superb photograph, Daryl, bringing to my room another custom from around the world that until now, I was ignorant of. You've captured the scene, and significance of touching the stone God, perfectly.

11 Mar 2009 3:09pm


Ilan from Israel

That's a great photo.
The hands, those "lightnings" from above... Great capture.
Love the black and white conversion here.

11 Mar 2009 6:59pm

@Ilan: Cheers Ilan!

martie from US, United States

Wonderful composition! Love the B&W - and the way you captured those two people touching the god!

11 Mar 2009 7:17pm

@martie: Thanks martie!

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Really nice shot. That touching of the statue for luck is an interesting tradition. The wooden statue in front of Todaiji, in Nara, has been rubbed smooth by all the touching.

11 Mar 2009 7:41pm

@Steve Rice: Thanks Steve! I'll be visiting Todaiji soon actually.

Ian from A tranquil leafy place, United Kingdom

Re the white paper, sometimes it's the faces of the people that matter more :-) It's a great shot.

11 Mar 2009 7:50pm

@Ian: Cheers Ian!

vu@granby Gilles Martineau from Granby, Québec, Canada

Good luck to you with this touching picture!

12 Mar 2009 2:01am

@vu@granby Gilles Martineau: Cheers Gilles!

Observing from North West, United Kingdom

Wonderful Black and White image showing this custom, interesting.

12 Mar 2009 2:22am

@Observing: Thanks Mike!

Godo from Barcelona, Spain

Fantastic documentary shot. It show us the devotion that envolves the celebration of the Japanese New Year. The B & W treatment is perfect for this type of image

14 Mar 2009 11:16am

@Godo: Thanks Godo!

Twelvebit from Victoria, United States

Good timing.

17 Mar 2009 11:18pm

@Twelvebit: Cheers Twelvebit!