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Today is a day of the first day of work in many companies. I have heard that the New Year holidays of this year were longer than the ordinary year, and were for nine days. In a Japanese company, many office workers go to a shrine or a temple to visit to pray as a custom at the first day of work of a company. It originates in praying for continuation and prosperity of their company to God. Here is a shrine called Kanda-myōjin in Tokyo Chiyoda-ku. There is deified Daikokusama, Ebisusama and Masakado Taira in this shrine. Generally, it is known by people as a shrine which protects Edo (Tokyo). Probably, the reason with many salaried worker to the worshipper who comes to this shrine originates that Ebisusama is God of prosperity in business. I visited this shrine before noon in order to take a photograph, but from the main street in front of a shrine, many people made the sequence and I also had stood in a line on that day. Since people almost wore the suit, I understood to be a corporate-related worshipper. Although I stood in a line to the middle, I removed the sequence on the way, and concentrated on taking a photograph since the purpose also differed from them. It seems that they put change into an offertory box, pray in front of a main shrine in order, and returned to the company of affiliation at a brisk pace. Among worshippers, although the woman also saw, those who wear the kimono unlike ancient times did not see. Probably, this is also a change of a time. Anyway, the present age is surrounded by the society and technical environment which changes quickly, and a different religion and social system. And, the corporate warrior has entered the severe time when individual capabilities are required more than former.

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1. Worshippers (macro) in shrine: workshops

2. Worshippers in front of Ema (Shinto): workshops

3. Daikokusama
Daikokusama puts God unique to Japan which carried out harmonization of Shinto and Buddhism to the major nation Lord of Shintoism in many cases. It is collecting respects as God who gives happiness, perfection, and matchmaking.

4. Ebisusama
Ebisusama is God of Japan and is the only god of good luck of Japanese ancient times as Seven Lucky Gods' member now. A bumper crop, prosperity in business, and the safety of the family are wished.

5. Ema (Shinto)
Ema are small wooden plaques on which Shinto worshippers write their prayers or wishes.

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