Celebrating Toka Ebisu for prosperity
Toka Ebisu is a celebration which is intended to bring prosperity to those engaged in business and is sort of associated with Osaka since that is the chief merchant city. Like so many other customs in Japan, "luck" is the dominant theme and Toka Ebisu is supposed to bring "luck" for entrpreneurs. In addition to praying at the shrine, you purchase the branches of a tree like those shown in the picture (don't know which type) and bring it to your home. You keep it for one year and then return it to the shrine the following year. The festival takes its name from Ebisu, God of Wealth and one of the seven major gods of good fortune.