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          In Japan, Jurōjin, also known as Gama, is one of the Seven Gods of Fortune or Shichi-fuku-jin, according to Taoist beliefs. He is the God of longevity.

          He walks with a staff and a fan. He is depicted as an old man with a long white beard and often a very tall bald head, with a scroll tied to his staff, on which is written the lifespan of all living things. The deer, a symbol of longevity, usually (but not always) accompanies him as a messenger, as do other long-lived animals such as the crane and the tortoise. Jurōjin is often identified with Fukurokuju. The two are said to inhabit the same body.

          The Old Man of the South Pole is the Taoist deification of Canopus, the brightest star of the constellation "Carina". He is often depicted in the Chinese pictures as an old man with a long white beard, with a deer on his side. This style of picture is related to the story of an emperor of the Northern Song Dynasty who had invited such an old man from the street and later considered the old man as the sign of his longevity.

          Canopus is usually called in Chinese as the Star of the Old Man or "the Star of the Old Man of the South Pole". Since Carina is a Southern constellation, Canopus is rarely seen in Northern China and, if seen in a good weather, looks reddish lying near the southern horizon. Because the red color is the symbol of happiness and longevity in China, Canopus is also known in China and its neigboring countries of Korea, Japan and Vietnam as the Star of the Old Age  or the Star of the Man of the Old Age. In Japan, it became Jurōjin, one of the Seven Gods of Fortune.

 

Find a temple of Bishamonten:

Cho'an-ji in Yanaka

 

 

Other Gods of Fortune:

 

  
       
   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
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 Hotei Benzaiten Daikokuten 
   

 
  

  
  Bishamonten Jurojin  

 

Other temples and their deities in Yanaka:

TempleDeity
Tokaku-jiFukurokuju
Seiun-jiEbisu
Shusei-inHotei
Tennou-jiBishamonten
Choan-jiJuroujin
Gokoku-inDaikokuten
BentendoBenzaiten

 

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