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9/26/2011

Usagi Rabbit - INFO

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The rabbit / hare is one of the 12 zodiac animals of the Asian calendar.
He is therefore a well-liked animal in folk art and handicraft.

. 12 Zociac animals 干支  eto, kanshi .


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Daikoku and rabbits 兎大黒 usagi Daikoku


Daikoku Ten 大黒天 Daikoku
one of the seven gods of good luck 七福神


Daikoku is considered to be the god of wealth, or of the household, particularly the kitchen. He is recognised by his wide face, smile, and a flat black hat. He is often portrayed holding a golden mallet, seated on bales of rice, with mice nearby
(mice signify plentiful food).

. Daikoku - main introduction .


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. The White Rabbit of Inaba .

Its story relates to the Shinot deity
Okuninushi no Mikoto 大国主命
(Daikoku in the Buddhist version)
and his encounter with the white rabbit of Inaba  因幡の白兎.


Okuninushi no Mikoto
is the most important deity, revered at the grand shrine of Izumo.

. Izumo Taisha 出雲大社 Izumo Grand Shrine .


. 大国魂神社 Okunitama Jinja .
and an ema votive tablet with Okuninushi and the White Rabbit


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source : cooljapannow.jp

Daikoku and Ebisu on a noren curtain


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. Clay bells from Sukagawa すか川土鈴 .
Fukushima

The question comes to mind: why three rabbits?

My friend Mark Schumaher has some suggestions:

* Daikoku believers are granted their desires by tapping a symbolic mallet on the ground three times and making a wish.
* Daikoku often carries a mallet with a pear-shaped insignia consisting of three rings.
* There is also three-headed Daikoku, protecting the Three Buddhist Treasures (the Buddha, the law, and the community of followers).
* Perhaps the three hares symbolize any of the above.

Okuni Nushi no Kami

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source : amanaimages.com

Obata tsuchi ningyoo 小幡土人形 clay doll from Obata
Shiga

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Daikoku carried by two rabbits 兎大黒

Fuku hakobi 福運び, carrying good luck
woodcarving

made from jindaisugi 神代杉, very old cedar tree wood

made to order here
source : www.higashi-thokoku

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netsuke omamori 根付お守り
. Rabbit netsuke amulet from Kanda Myojin .
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fuku usagi 福うさぎ守 amulet with an auspicious rabbit
shrine Takase jinja 高瀬神社


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. Tsuki Jinja 調神社 "moon shrine" 月の宮 / 調宮 tsuki no miya .

埼玉県さいたま市浦和区岸町3 - Saitama - 調神社

This shrine is famous for the full moon rituals since the old times.
It sells a lot of rabbit amulets.


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. tsurushibina, tsurushi bina つるし雛 / 吊るし雛 small hanging hina dolls .



The rabbit with red eyes has the power to ward off evil for the child. And will help cure a disease fast.

CLICK for more photos !


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source : Tomofumi - facebook
The White Rabbit of Inaba


kawari usagi 「変りウサギ」 all kinds of rabbits
出雲大社 Izumo Grand Shrine
source : Minoru Yamane - facebook























. Izumo taisha 出雲大社 Izumo Grand Shrine .
Okuni-Nushi no Mikoto 大国主命 Okuninushi no Mikoto
and the Buddhist version as Daikoku Ten 大黒天


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. tsuki no usagi 月の兎 the rabbit in the moon - .
mochitsuki, mochi tsuki 餅つき pounding rice





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. Daruma Usagi だるま抱き卯 Daruma and the Rabbit

. Shichi-Fukujin 七福神 Seven Gods of Good Luck -
Ebisu, Daikoku . . .


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