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FukurokujuCard

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Fukurokuju CardRareExclusive
A trading card sold by the Tenshodo.
On one side is a long-faced summoner
carrying a staff.

Other Uses

Resale Price: Cannot be sold to NPCs.

How to Obtain

Cannot be auctioned, traded, or bazaared, but can be delivered to a character on the same account.

Special Event

Historical Background

During the New Year Rivalry Event (for New Years 2005), there were 7 Rare/Ex Tenshodo trading cards that could be obtained by checking the Overturned Soil. They were: Benten Card, Bishamon Card, Daikoku Card, Ebisu Card, Fukurokuju Card, Hotei Card, Jurojin Card. These cards are all named after the Seven Lucky Gods/Seven Fortune Gods (Shichifukujin) from Japanese folklore. It should be noted, some of these are imports from India and China. Daikokuten, Bishamonten, and Benzaiten were imported and translated from India, while Hotei, Jurojin, and Fukurokuju were imported and translated from China. Ebisu is the only one indigenous to Japan. Each of the Seven Lucky Gods has a traditional feature or group they are attributed to. They were often depicted sailing in the Takarabune (the "Phantom Treasure Ship"). According to tradition, this ship would sail into towns on New Years Day and give amazing gifts to people worthy of receiving them. In Japan, children are given red envelopes with the Takarabune depicted on it containing money.

Fukurokuju was the god of happiness, wealth, and longevity. He is depicted as an old man with a long white beard and very tall forehead, one which is so tall as to make him appear alien-like. He carries a staff with a book (sutra) bound to it by a rope. He is usually accompanied by a crane or a turtle, both symbols of longevity, or a black deer (which according to Japanese legend, turns black if it lives for 2000 years). His name means in Japanese: fuku "happiness" + roku "wealth" + ju "happiness". His unusual head shape can be rendered from reading the item description.

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