Seven Gods of Fortune (Shichifukujin) – Nanzoin Temple, Japan

Found these little guys when I was a Nanzoin Temple in Sasaguri Japan. They are the Seven Gods of Fortune, or Seven Lucky Gods. Shichifukujin in Japanese. 

The gold symbol behind them means treasure. The resident priest of this temple won the lottery and built a worlds largest bronze statue at this site. The Reclining Buddha. Now this temple has become a hotspot for people who want good luck with money or to win the lottery. 

Seven Lucky Gods of Fortune

Here are the gods names and what they represent.  Memorize it because I will be testing you on it later. 

Hotei, the fat and happy god of abundance and good health.
Jurojin, god of longevity.
Fukurokuju, god of happiness, wealth and longevity.
Bishamonten, god of warriors.
Benzaiten, goddess of knowledge, art and beauty, especially music.
Daikokuten, god of wealth, commerce and trade.
Ebisu, god of fishing, or merchants.