Horiuchi Ebisu Collection

Deity of Fortune, Ebisu

Dec. 6 (Wed.),2023 Jan. 14 (Sun.),2024
Please print out the flyer and bring it with you
to get a 50 yen discount on your admission.

Our annual exhibition of the Horiuchi Ebisu Collection coincides with the “Toka Ebisu Festival” held at Nishinomiya-jinja Shrine. This year’s exhibition ‘Deity of Fortune, Ebisu’

The deity Ebisu, represented by a figure wearing a raven hat and holding a fishing rod and sea bream, is known as a deity that brings good fortune. In the Kansai region, many people visit the shrine especially on the January 10 “Toka Ebisu Festival” to pray for good fortune and prosperous business.

This exhibition introduces the widely worshipped deity Ebisu, affectionately called “Ebisu-sama” or “Ebessan,” as a familiar good-luck charm that has become a part of daily life through iconography, statues of deities, and everyday utensils. Please take a look at the various representations of Ebisu.

※ About Horiuchi Ebisu Collection

The Horiuchi Ebisu Collection was collected over many years by the late Dr. Horiuchi Kiyoshi (1924 – 2009). He was a local historian as well as a doctor of medical science. Born and raised in Nishinomiya, his collection consists mainly of works of art related to the deity Ebisu, other deities of good fortune, historical documents of local history and customs and manners.

Sano Cho-kan

Dec. 6 (Wed.),2023 Jan. 14 (Sun.),2024
Tuesdays (The museum will be open on January 9 [Tue.], 2024).
※The Year-end and New Year holidays: December 30 (Sat.) - January 3 (Wed.), 2024
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Admission until 4:30 p.m.)
General Admission: 500 yen
Junior High and Elementary School Students: 250 yen
(Combination ticket for Kinen-kan and Sakagura-kan)
・Group(over 20 visitors): 400 yen each
・over 65yrs old (with official ID): 400 yen
・Admission is free for a student upon presentation of Hyogokko Kokoron card
・A discounted admission appliles to a visitor with a disability (with official ID) and his/her caregiver.

Other Exhibitions on View

  • Sake Reference Room

Sake and the Media

Period: Dec. 6 (Wed.) - Jan. 14 (Sun.), 2024
Jan. 27 (Sat.) - Mar. 4 (Mon.)
Sake breweries have used many kinds of media that starting with hikifuda (announcement fliers), flyers, outdoor advertisements, posters, TV commercials, novelty goods, in recent years, social networking services to promote their products to consumers. This exhibition highlights the history of sake and the media, as well as the efforts to promote sake sales.
  • Sasabe Sakura Reference Room

The Man of Sakura’s Bookshelf

Period: Dec. 6 (Wed.) - Jan. 14 (Sun.), 2024
Jan. 27 (Sat.) - Mar. 4 (Mon.)
Sasabe Shintarō (1887-1978)who devoted his life to the preservation of Japan’s ancient and wild cherry blossom trees, was self-taught in the study of cherry blossoms without any specialized education in botany. This exhibition highlights a wide variety of books from Sasabe Sakura Collection(entrusted to the museum by Nishinomiya City) that supported his research including not only specialized books on agriculture and plants, but also collections of waka poems about flowers and geographical descriptions of cherry blossom viewing spots.

I’m deeply interested in the works of art depicting the four seasons and the items that make me feel the history.


Look! Various exhibitions are held as well as those related to sake and sakura!!