For thirty years, the Buddhist sculptor Yooku Fujita (藤田燿憶) has focused on carving items to bring good fortune. This compact-sized, traditional Daikokuten statue has been carefully carved from fragrant Kiso hinoki wood. In Japan, Daikokuten has long been enshrined in the kitchens of merchants and farmers as a god of domestic safety and abundant harvests. We hope this masterpiece, crafted with all of the sculptor's heart and soul, will be enshrined in your home as well.
Daikokuten, also known as one of the Seven Gods of Fortune, is a revered deity in Japan. It is said that upon arrival in Japan, the god came to be associated with the similar-sounding Daikoku-Myōjin, and thus became widely revered in popular belief. Historically known as a god of abundance and prosperity, particularly in relation to food and wealth, today Daikokuten is commonly depicted holding a small mallet in his right hand and a large sack in his left, sitting atop a pile of rice bales, and is widely worshiped by many people.