Vintage Japanese Boy’s Day Kimono | Ebisu and Daikoku | Takarabune

It is traditional to find all or individual images of the Seven Lucky Gods on many forms of Japanese crafts. Two such figures have been depicted on this Child’s kimono: those of Ebisu and Daikoku, the Gods of Good Harvest on land and in the sea, and represent wishes for the young boy to enjoy wealth and good fortune in life. Ebisu and Daikoku are often paired on clothing, toys, or embossed on red envelopes with their treasure ship, (Takarabune), which contain gifts of money around the New Year, or upon the birth of a male child. The tradition holds that the seven gods will arrive on their treasure ship on New Years Day, and distribute fantastic gifts to worthy people.

This kimono dates from 1930s-1950s, is in excellent condition for its age with no fading or stains, (exceptional) considering, that this kimono was worn by a boy during festival activities. The garment is a formal, traditional piece in black silk, and has the family crest on both the front and back of the piece. The figures in the Takarabune are in full color with beautiful gold couching emphasizing various portions of the artwork. At the bow of the boat is the image of the Phoenix bird (Ho-o) symbolizing the beginning of a new era (i.e., the birth of a boy) and encourages good deeds. When not worn, this garment is typically displayed in a boy’s room to remind him of his goal to financially succeed for himself and his family. Dimensions: 32-0”w x 37-0”L

Additional Information—
The God of fishermen and good fortune, is the smiling and bearded Deity dressed as a Japanese peasant, with a fishing pole in his right hand and right hand raised and looking for his sea bream. In Japan, this fish is a symbol of good fortune. Ebisu is shown wearing a strangely pointed hat. The pointed hat is known as the Kazaori Eboshi. It is thought that the motifs surrounding Ebisu represent the granting of wishes.

The God of Wealth, Commerce and Trade. This God enjoys an exalted position as a household diety in Japan. Daikoku’s association with wealth and prosperity gave rise to a strange custom known as Fuku-nusubi. He is identified by his wide face, smile, and a flat hat. He is often portrayed holding or next to his golden mallet, fan with the “rising sun”, (Uchide no Kozuchi), and protecting his bag of money/harvest, and many times is seen sitting on bales of rice, (food of plenty). Daikoku’s image was featured on the first Japanese bank note (1946).

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