God of Contentment and Happiness, Hotei has a cheerful face and a big belly. He is supposedly based on an actual person, and is widely recognized outside of Japan as the Fat Buddha or Happy Buddha or Laughing Buddha. He carries a large cloth bag over his back, one that never empties, for he uses it to feed the poor and needy. Indeed, the Japanese spelling of "Ho Tei" literally means "cloth bag." He also holds a Chinese fan called an oogi, said to be a "wish giving" fan -- in the distant past, this type of fan was used by the aristocracy to indicate to vassals that their requests would be grantedNew old Stock from a Japanese Shop located in Little Tokyo in Los Angeles, which closed in 1971. Items have been in storage since the closing of the store until now. We are pleased to bring you these vintage Japanese and Chinese items. Please view our other listings for more of this collection.