Office Flora – Hiromi Nishiwaki – 人力車と仙厓 義梵 (Rickshaw and Sengai)🌸😊🌈🗾
Hotei, in Japanese mythology, one of the Shichi-fuku-jin (“Seven Gods of Luck”).
This popular figure is depicted frequently in contemporary crafts as a cheerful, contented Buddhist monk with a large exposed belly, often accompanied by children.
Tradition relates him to a Chinese monk called Pu-tai, who because of his benevolent nature came to be regarded as an incarnation of the bodhisattva (the future Buddha) Maitreya (Miroku in Japanese) but whose large protruding stomach led to his being caricatured as the “Laughing Buddha.”
From britannica https://www.britannica.com/topic/Hotei
Let me introduce you my friend, "Abechan", a Bearer of Rickshaw.
Our meeting was purely accidental. 🙂 He found me when I look at a float of emperor Jinmu -The first empelor of Japan.
Emperor Jimmu (神武天皇, Jinmu-tennō) was the first Emperor of Japan, according to legend. His accession is traditionally dated as 660 BC.
In Japanese mythology, he was a descendant of the sun goddess Amaterasu, through her grandson Ninigi, as well as a descendant of the storm god Susanoo.
He launched a military expedition from Hyuga near the Seto Inland Sea, captured Yamato, and established this as his center of power.
In modern Japan, Jimmu's accession is marked as National Foundation Day on February 11. (from wikipedia)
“Jinrikisha” is a small, two-wheeled, cart-like passenger vehicle with a retractable roof, pulled by one or more person. It was widely used in Japan as means of transportation until early 20th century when horse coaches, trains, and automobiles became popular.
Nowadays, “Jinrikisha” is utilized at prime sightseeing spots for excursion tours,and sometimes at a wedding as special arrangements. “Shafu” will act as a tour guide and take you around the major sightseeing spots in the city by “Jinrikisha”.
Abe chan is my new friend now. His main serves for wedding cerebration.
Back of the rickshaw. Written "寿" means "Felicitations!"
Cherry Blossom at Imperial garden.
Imperial garaden at Tokyo -is closed temporary as a measure against the further spreading of corona virus, until further notice.
inscrutable are the ways of heaven; fortune is unpredictable and changeable.