5,000 sprint for title of 'Lucky Man'
Japan Today -- Jan 11
Some 5,000 men burst through the gates of Nishinomiya Shrine in Hyogo Prefecture at 6 a.m. on Tuesday morning and raced 230 meters toward the shrine's main hall with the frontrunners attempting to capture the title of "fuku-otoko" (Lucky Man).

The annual ceremony, which has been held since the Edo period, is associated with Ebisu, a god of prosperous business. The first three participants to reach the main gates are considered Japan's luckiest men for the year.

The lucky runner who took first place was 21-year-old university student Takashi Suzuki of Senshu University in Kawasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture.

兵庫県の西宮神社で本殿一番乗りを目指す恒例の「開門神事」が開かれ、5000人が福男を目指して参道を駆け抜けました。 江戸時代に始まったとされる伝統行事の開門神事は本殿までの230メートルを駆け抜け、上位3人が福男に認定されます。
News sources: Japan Today, ANNnewsCH
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