tracking the wild Billiken
The recent increase in popularity of Osaka’s Shinsekai area among Japanese tourists has brought with it a proliferation of the Billiken, the “God of Things as They Ought to Be.” The original Billiken (pictured directly below) sits at the top of Tsutenkaku Tower, and there have always been one or two “false idols” in the neighborhood, generally used to advertise this or that kushikatsu restaurant. Now, however, the area is crawling with Billiken, a situation that you will either find creepy or cute, depending on your particular proclivities. The following is an extensive, but not nearly complete, survey of the Billiken of Shinsekai.
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