[Toka Ebisu (Imamiya Ebisu Shrine)]
The first festival of the year sees crowds of pious men and women seeking to be blessed with happiness
At the Imamiya Ebisu Shrine, worshiped for its deity who safeguards the businesses in Osaka, an annual festival is held at the beginning of the new year. For 3 days and 3 nights, as festival music plays around the precincts shouting, "Bring us a bamboo branch for business prosperity", bamboo branches are distributed. The place is packed with people who want a shrine maiden to tie a lucky charm on their branch. In addition to the "Ebisu Stage" that pops up on Ebisu Bridge, which remains as busy with worshipers as it always has been, events such as the Good Luck Palanquin Parade where shrine maidens and celebrities board colorful palanquins and march around the town add further excitement to the festival.
|Posterd photos||Main Lively bunraku puppet and theatrical shows on the "Ebisu Stage"
Upper photo The precincts are transformed with crowds of visitors and spectators over the three day period, lower photo The whole town is full of excitement to see celebrities and baseball players among others appear in the Good Luck Palanquin Parade
Yoi Ebisu: January 9th, Hon Ebisu: January 10th, Nokori Ebisu: January 11th
|Time||Yoi Ebisu: Yoimiya Matsuri 7:00 a.m. / Sea Bream Parade (arriving at the shrine), around 12:30 p.m.
Hon Ebisu: Morning Sea Bream Market 7:00 a.m. / main festival 8:00 a.m. / Good Luck Palanquin Parade 9:40 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Nokori Ebisu: Goensai 7:00 a.m.
|Address||1-6-10 Ebisu-Nishi, Naniwa-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka|
|Phone||+81-6-6643-0150 (Japanese only)|
|Access||Take the Osaka City Subway Midosuji Line from "Shin-Osaka Station" of JR Tokaido Shinkansen for approx. 17 minutes, alight at "Daikokucho Station" and walk approx. 5 minutes.|
|* Toka Ebisu is scheduled to be held every year from January 9th to 11th.|
updated on Mar 2, 2017
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