Gods and Heros

Ebisu and the Carp (right) Ebisu is the household god of daily provisions. He always carries a red carp under his arm. Because of its strength and determination to overcome all obstacles, the carp it stands for courage and the ability to attain high goals.

Jimmu (left) was the first Emperor of Japan who descended from the sun goddess, Amaterasu, and founded the imperial line. He conquered his enemies with the rays of light beaming from the golden bird, Yatagarasu, perched on the tip of his bow.

Kintaro Golden Boy, grew up in the woods where he learned to speak to animals. He was so strong he could snap a tree as easily as a twig. Among his countless adventures he confronted a demon in the form of an enormous spider. He uprooted a tree and used it to crush the poisonous pest. He grew up to be the famous warrior Sakata Kintoki.

Shoki “Demon Queller” (both) – was a doctor who was sent to serve the royal court. He was as homely as he was skilled. The emperor refused to be treated by him. Disgraced, Shoki took his own life. The emperor touched by this deed had Shoki buried great honors. Shoki’s spirit protects the Japanese people to this day.

Momotaro: An old couple found a child growing inside of a peach. They called him Momotaro, or Little Peachling. He grew up incredibly strong and eventually left them to fight the oni (ogres) on a nearby island. On the way, Momotaro befriended a talking dog, monkey, and pheasant, who joined him in the quest. Together they bested the oni and forced them to surrender their riches. Then Momotaro and his friends went home.

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