Good Luck Charms of Edo

Jan 14, 2021 - Feb 17, 2021

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Hozuki-Ichi – Japanese Lantern Market

Japanese Paper, Clay, Wood
5.7 W x 3.93 H in

Toy

About the work

Hozuki-Ichi – Japanese Lantern Market

Every year on July 9th and 10th on the grounds of Sensoji temple in Asakusa there is a market fair where Japanese lantern plants and decorative branches are sold. The fair is associated with Kannon, the Buddhist goddess of mercy, who is believed will bless a worshiper for 46,000 days when they pray to her. There are several theories regarding where the number 46,000 come from such as the one that says, “because there are 46,000 grains of rice in 1 sho (pronounced issho. Sho is an old Japanese weight unit). Issho in Japanese also means one’s life. It’s a word play.” 


“A Lucky Charm for Financial Success and Healthy Life”


The Japanese Lantern plants are supposed to increase one’s wealth, and promote perfect health when they turn red, the color of physical well-being.  

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