Toyonaka Ebisu Festival
Toyonaka Ebisu Festival is a festival of business prosperity, which is particularly famous in the Kansai area. Many people pay a visit to a Shinto shrine in order to show their gratitude to deities for having brought good luck to them the prior year. They receive a bamboo branch with a bundle of good luck charms. Furthermore, during this festival, a special girl plays a role in bringing good luck to visitors and business. This girl is called Fukumusume (good fortune girl). Since 1997, a female foreign student studying in Japan has been elected as the Fukumusume (good fortune girl) at Hattori Tenjingu Shrine to facilitate cross-cultural communication.