Japanese Mythology

The Shinto and Folk Gods of Japan...

JUROJIN

Shinto Old Age God

Picture of the Japanese Old Age God Jurojin from our Japanese mythology image library. Illustration by Chas Saunders.

Fortuitous God of Longevity

One of the Shichi Fukujin — Japan’s Seven Gods of Good Luck.

He’s the God of Longevity. He’s also very fond of rice wine. Does this mean that rice wine is the elixir of life? Buy a bottle and find out. It tastes really nice and does wonders in a stir-fry. Get some today!

However it must not be thought that Jurojin ever behaves with anything but the utmost dignity even if he may be accompanied by such diverse creatures as a crane a stag and a tortoise. He will have his sacred staff known as a shaku to which is attached a scroll of wisdom.

A deity with a Buddhist background, he has great affinity to and may be related to the Chinese God Shouxing who does much the same sort of thing without the Good Luck back-up team. There is also confusion sometimes with his own compatriot Fukurokuju — which is easily sorted out as F has the elongated head.

Jurojin Facts and Figures

Name: Jurojin
Pronunciation: Coming soon
Alternative names:

Gender: Male
Type: God
Celebration or Feast Day: Unknown at present

In charge of: Old Age
Area of expertise: Old Age

Good/Evil Rating: NEUTRAL, may not care
Popularity index: 241

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Article last revised on November 19, 2018 by Rowan Allen.
Editors: Peter J. Allen, Chas Saunders

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