International students served Imamiya Ebisu Shrine as Fukumusume for Toka Ebisu
Five international students at Kansai University served as “fukumusume” (lucky maiden) for Toka Ebisu, an annual festival of Imamiya Ebisu Shrine which is the home of the god of business prosperity, commonly known as “Ebessan”.
Every year about a million people visit during the three-day festival from January 9, and lucky maidens sell them “fukusasa” (lucky dwarf bamboo) from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Among the lucky maiden representatives was Tran Thi Thu Ha from Vietnam (sophomore, Faculty of Sociology) who dressed up in kimono, “chihaya” (shrine maiden’s robe) and “eboshi” (ancient ceremonial headwear), and greeted many visitors.
January 21, 2008 01:45 PM UP