9. Ebisu

Rendered right next to Daikuku in 2008 was his son, Ebisu, the god of fishers and merchants, and for those in the countryside also the guardian of the rice fields. Father and child are two of the seven lucky gods of Japan, a group that’s popular in pictures and sculptures. Unlike here, where he’s riding a large fish, Ebisu is almost always pictured with the catch on his rod or under his arm.  (Photo: gessato)