This is the only Japanese deity among the Seven Lucky Gods. It is believed that the worship of Hiruko no Mikoto, the third child born between Izanami and Izanagi, marks the beginning of this faith. This deity is depicted holding a fishing rod and carrying a splendid sea bream, presenting a friendly and approachable figure.
The statue has been finished in a refined and calming golden hue, reminiscent of silk. Drawing parallels to the gods of India and China that once traveled to Japan through the Silk Road. The modest yet deep luster of this finish complements interior designs seamlessly. The original statue was designed by Shuun Makita (牧田秀雲).
Shuun Makita (牧田秀雲) is a celebrated Buddhist sculptor in Japan. Born in Shizuoka Prefecture in 1917, at a very young age he studied under Yokohama sculptor Hideaki Mochizuki in 1932. After this, he carved shrine and temple sculptures as well as Buddhist statues all over the country, including in the bell tower and main hall of the Higashi-Kanagawa Kodo Buddhist Fellowship. His efforts culminated in his receiving of a letter of appreciation from the governor, when he exhibited at Nihombashi Mitsukoshi Main Store in Nihonbashi, Tokyo, for the preservation of excellent works of traditional techniques. He is also known for the reproduction of Japan's Important Cultural Property, Namikiri Fudoson, Koyasan Nan-In Temple, Wakayama Prefecture and the production of Ji-shu Buddhism founder Ippen Shonin standing statues at Sumiyoshi Temple and Kyojuji Temple, Tomobe, Ibaraki Prefecture.