This unusually playful painting depicts a lively New Years celebration. Daikoku, the god of agriculture, sits in meditation—his hat has the character for “long life” on it. Hotei, the god of abundance, plays the drums as the long-life gods Fukurokuji and Jurojin, as well as Benzaiten, the god of warriors, all play musical instruments. Shoki, the demon-queller, dances to the music as the god of fishing, Ebisu, recites chants from a text. Mice serve them.
*image at left is a detail
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