Kirie is the ancient art of paper cutting. It was introduced to Japan by Chinese scholars and artists, and it is taught to this day on Koyasan.
The takarabune is a treasure ship piloted through the heavens by the Seven Lucky Gods during the first days of a new year. The ship is said to carry treasures that bring good fortune to believers throughout the year.
The year of the rabbit kirie features two rabbits playing in both the heavens and water. The bright full moon, commonly associated with rabbits in East Asia is visible on the top left.
Kirie are auspicious items that are always displayed at Koboji. Because of the symbolism and meaning of the takarabune and zodiac kirie, they are often displays at places of business or family rooms.