The Seven Gods of Fortune (Shichi Fukujin), commonly referred to in English as the Seven Lucky Gods, refer to the seven gods of good fortune in Japanese mythology and folklore. Each has a traditional attribute:
[Ebisu] = God of fishers or merchants, often depicted carrying a sea bream [Daikokuten (Daikoku)] = God of wealth, commerce and trade. [Bishamonten] = God of warriors [Benzaiten (Benten-sama)] = Goddess of knowledge, art and beauty, especially music [Fukurokuju] = God of happiness, wealth and longevity [Hotei] = The fat and happy god of abundance and good health [Juroujin] = God of wisdom
* Ebisu and Daikoku are often paired and represented as carvings or masks on the walls of small retail shops.
The seven gods are often depicted on their ship, the Takarabune, or "Treasure Ship." The tradition holds that the seven gods will arrive in town on the new year and distribute fantastic gifts to worthy people. The Takarabune and its passengers are often depicted in art in varied locations, from the walls of museums to cuddly caricatures.