Slow Walk Illustrated Guide


Zentsu-ji Tanjo-in Birthplace Complex (West Temple)

Hotei Statue (one of the Seven Lucky Gods statues to touch on the Seven Lucky Gods Pilgrimage

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One of the Seven Lucky Gods, Hotei Buddhist priest, was a monk who actually existed in China circa the 10th Century. Hotei (Budai) is a common name, and his real name was Kihi (Qici). He used to wander around many places with a large sack containing all of his daily necessities. It is said that he never used to tell a fortune incorrectly and that he used to be an avatar of the Bodhisattva Maitreya. He is honored in the Zen sect and worshipped as one of the Seven Lucky Gods. The Seven Lucky Gods Pilgrimage is the way to visit the seven temples between number 71 and 77 on the Shikoku Henro Pilgrimage to 88 Sacred Places in one day. In each of these temples, one of the Seven Lucky Gods statues to touch is enshrined.

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Heisei Period; Heisei 23 (2011)


3-3-1 Zentsuji-cho, Zentsuji City, Kagawa Prefecture