(The Seven Lucky Gods of Japan
A group of seven Japanese gods
, all of whom are associated with happiness
and good fortune
, and Jurojin
. The seven are drawn from various sources but have been grouped together from at least the 16th century.
The Shichifukujin are a favorite theme of Japanese folk song
and are frequently represented in painting and theatre, both singly and as a group. The seven are often shown on their treasure
ship (Takarabune) together with various magic
al implements, such as a hat of invisibility, rolls of brocade, an inexhaustible purse, keys to the divine
treasure-house, cloves, scrolls
or books, a lucky rain hat, or a robe of feathers.
Each of the seven gods are used by various business owners and shopkeepers for good luck
, depending on what the business is: for instance, accountants would want Jurojin to favor them, a doctor would ask Bishamon for help, etc.